Written by The Business Journal Staff
Fresno Mayor Lee Brand, along with mayors from the state’s 11 largest cities, is standing behind legislation that would allocate $1.5 billion from the state budget to help address the growing homeless crisis in California.
AB 3171 would release the one-time funds to be allocated to cities on a matching basis, for a net impact of $3 billion in state and local funds to aid the state’s homeless population, which numbers at more than 134,000 according to 2017 counts.
The mayors sent a letter to legislative leaders earlier this month urging them to set aside 25 percent of the $6.1 billion budget surplus to help boost services to the homeless. The group of mayors is planning to lobby lawmakers next month to ensure the passage of AB 3171.
“I am glad to join with my fellow Mayors in a bipartisan effort to address this crisis,” Brand said in a statement. “The problems and issues are different for every city in California and this proposal will help give our cities the resources they need to develop comprehensive, compassionate solutions.”
So-called the Big 11, the bipartisan group includes the mayors of Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Fresno, Long Beach, Sacramento, Oakland, Bakersfield, Anaheim and Santa Ana.