Written by The Business Journal Staff
A coalition of mayors from California’s 11 largest cities, including Fresno, have announced that Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders have reached an unprecedented agreement to directly address the homeless crisis in the state.
The proposed state budget includes $500 million for the Homeless Emergency Aid Program. The budget deal also includes $200 million for existing programs.
The coalition — called the Big 11 — had originally supported legislation that would allocate $1.5 billion in one-time funds for the homeless, to be matched by cities for a total $3 billion impact.
The agreement prioritizes immediate relief in the form of building new shelters, expanding supportive services and emergency solutions. The agreement also includes investments into outreach and programs that help people experiencing homelessness access housing, mental health services and other supportive services to relieve homelessness.
“Homelessness is a growing challenge here in Fresno an across California,” said Fresno Mayor Lee Brand. “I want to thank the Legislature for making these funds available that will help jumpstart our new, comprehensive community plan to address the crisis locally.”
Gov. Jerry Brown has a June 30 deadline to sign the state budget.
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