Remarks by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas
at the Mayors’ Regional Summit to Combat Homelessness
I’d like to thank Phil Ansell and his hard-working Homeless Initiative team – Leslie Blacher, Ashlee Oh, Leticia Colchado, Michael Castillo and Jerry Ramirez.
Today is a signal day – we, who govern the various jurisdictions in the County, have come together to learn more about how we can work together to address this crisis called homelessness.
We are facing a moral crisis. And a moral crisis demands a moral solution.
Instead of averting our eyes from this crisis, we must act intentionally to address it and to overcome it.
It will take all of us – public sector, private sector, communities, County and cities – working together to solve this crisis.
Solving homelessness will require a regional approach, a collaborative approach – not one city, not five cities – but all 88 cities working together with the County towards a common vision.
The County has set aside $100M in new funding – I repeat, one-time funding – to implement this vision.
We are going to need more than one-time funding to fully implement the vision. We are going to need additional ongoing, annual funds.
That’s why the County is currently conducting polling to find out if a November ballot initiative might be prudent.
We will depend on your support to fully implement the County’s homeless plan and to secure ongoing revenue. In the words of Henry Ford: “Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.”
Thank you and I look forward to working with you.