The state and counties have dedicated significant resources toward emergency shelters, housing, and outreach care for the homeless. Now, it is time to invest in resources to help those experiencing homelessness secure shelter in permanent housing options.
Invest in Services for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness
To advocate for California’s residents who are experiencing homelessness, UCC will:
- Support incentives for cities, counties, Continuums of Care, and the nonprofit community to coordinate services, ensuring that services are provided in an efficacious manner.
- Support enhanced flexibility with respect to the use of public facilities for shelter or other homelessness services, including state armories.
- Support focused efforts to reduce homelessness among adults over the age 50 that address the needs of and recognize the particularized causes of homelessness among this age cohort.
Increase Investments in Homelessness Prevention and Permanent Housing
UCC, in 2020, will:
- Support additional funding for homeless prevention services, including temporary financial assistance.
- Support additional funding specifically dedicated to permanent housing and services to assist those experiencing homelessness achieve more permanent housing solutions; specifically, urban counties support ongoing, flexible funding for programs that have evidenced success in keeping individuals permanently housed and outreach programs to meaningfully engage homeless individuals.
- Support enhanced flexibility with respect to existing housing funding sources, including, but not limited to, No Place Like Home.
County Advocacy Letter on Homelessness
In late January 2020, UCC joined a number of county-affiliated associations to communicate to Governor Gavin Newsom our shared commitment to working on solutions to the state’s homeless crisis, including those outlined recently by the Governor’s Council of Regional Homeless Advisors. The letter, attached, outlines a number of concerns about the Council’s recommendation to include a constitutional mandate to address homelessness, but reiterates a willingness to participate in a dialogue with the state, local government partners, and stakeholders.Advocacy Letter