AB 1618 (Committee on Budget) is implementing legislation for the No Place Like Home
program, and AB 1622 (Committee on Budget) includes $10 million to provide transitional housing or shelter facilities for homeless veterans and $10 million to expand the Homeless Youth and Exploitation Program at the Office of Emergency Services.
These two measures passed Thursday are positive steps forward and cities should take the time over the next month to thank Senate pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) and the bipartisan group of legislators who supported the bills.
Last November, the League identified housing affordability and chronic homelessness as priorities in the strategic goal setting process. Although there have been multiple proposals by the Legislature related to homelessness, some of those have been unhelpful and would have negatively impacted cities’ land use authority. The League appreciates the leadership of Sen. de León in taking a difficult and contentious discussion and finding a solution that local governments could support.
There remain several budget-related items that continue to be negotiated, including the Governor’s By Right
budget proposal. The Legislature will be on its summer break until Aug. 1 and so no action is expected until legislators return. The League will continue to monitor the situation over the next month.