On January 4, the State Senate introduced a package to tackle homelessness in California. Among other things, the proposal:
- Bonds against the remaining Prop. 63 MHSA revenue stream to create a $2 billion in revenue bonds for the construction of permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless persons with mental illness
- Requests $200 million, over 4 years, of general fund money to provide supportive housing in the shorter-term, rent subsidies, while the permanent housing is constructed or rehabilitated
- Supports the CalWORKs Housing Support Program and a new “Bringing Families Home” pilot project, a county matching grant program to reduce homelessness among families that are part of the child welfare system.