SACRAMENTO — Governor Gavin Newsom announced Thursday that he will convene local leaders in mid-November to review the state’s collective approach to homelessness and identify new strategies to better address the growing crisis in the homelessness.
Until this call, the state will continue to provide the remaining third round of housing, homelessness assistance and prevention (HHAP) grants.
“California people demand accountability and results, not the status quo,” the governor said. “As a state, we are failing to respond to the urgency of this moment. Collectively, these plans set the goal of reducing street homelessness by 2% statewide by 2024. At this rate, it would take decades to significantly reduce homelessness in California – this approach is simply unacceptable. Everyone must do better – cities, counties and the state included. We are all in there.”
The governor is convening all local jurisdictions for a meeting in mid-November to coordinate an approach that will produce more substantial results compared to current plans that only result in a 2% decrease in homelessness over four years in the whole state.
While some plans show local leaders taking aggressive action to tackle homelessness, others are less ambitious – some plans even reflect double-digit increases in homelessness over four years.
The convening by the governor of all local jurisdictions for the meeting in mid-November should help coordinate an approach that will produce more substantial results. This meeting will be an opportunity to learn from each other about what works, as well as identify the barriers that stand in the way of the progress we all want to make and the strategies to remove them.
The third round of HHAP grants provides a $1 billion share to each county, Continuum of Care and the state’s 13 largest cities, provided each local government has a state-approved plan that reduces the number of homeless homeless people. individuals and increases the number of permanent dwellings.
The state has so far provided more than $1.5 billion in flexible emergency assistance to address homelessness through the Emergency Homelessness Assistance Program and the first two HHAP funding cycles.
Now, for the first time, third round HHAP funding recipients have new requirements to create a homelessness action plan that addresses, in detail, local actions to prevent and reduce homelessness. shelter at the community level.
Plans should include a landscape analysis that assesses the current number of homeless people in a given community and identifies all existing programs and funding sources aimed at addressing this crisis. Additionally, plans should include outcome-oriented results and strategies to achieve those goals using clear metrics to track success.
HHAP is part of a multi-year, $15.3 billion state effort to reverse homelessness — a comprehensive approach that includes cutting red tape and funding the largest housing expansion homeless in California history.
The Governor’s Office Pins A Released Statement Highlighting The Governor Has Taken Unprecedented Steps To Address Homelessness And Housing Statewide, Providing Local Governments With More Money Than Ever To Address This Crisis .
Revolutionary programs like Homekey and Project Roomkey have become national models for getting people off the streets, faster than ever and at a fraction of the usual cost.
Partnering with cities and counties across the state, Project Roomkey has housed more than 60,000 people since the pandemic began, and Homekey has funded 12,500 units since its inception in late 2020.
Additionally, since September 1, 2021, Caltrans has cleaned up more than 1,600 homeless encampments statewide, cleaning up 2,227 tons of trash, enough to fill more than 40 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
The state budget that Governor Newsom signed earlier this year includes $700 million for encampment resolution grants with $350 million earmarked to help those living on state right-of-way property. .
Additionally, through Clean California, the Governor has invested $1.1 billion to revitalize streets and public spaces through waste reduction and local beautification projects – generating approximately 10,000 jobs, including for people coming out of homelessness, youth at risk, veterans, formerly incarcerated people, local artists and students.