Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, together with Congresswoman Janice Hahn, other elected officials and aid providers, called on Governor Jerry Brown anew to take immediate action to provide more resources to address California’s crisis of homelessness.
In a news conference outside the Winter Weather Shelter in North Long Beach, they released a letter from California’s congressional delegation asking the governor for additional discretionary funds in the 2017-2018 state budget to provide the homeless with permanent supportive housing and other assistance.
In all, 32 members of Congress signed the letter, including Alan Lowenthal, Grace Napolitano and Loretta Sanchez, who attended the news conference along with Long Beach Councilman Rex Richardson and Shari Weaver, the regional coordinator of Service Planning Area 8.
“We ask the Governor to add significant resources to the State budget next year – let’s work together and make a serious dent in homelessness,” he said. “We ask the Governor to recognize that we are all, housed and unhoused, ‘tied in a single garment of destiny.”
California has 115,000 homeless people — 20 percent of the entire nation’s homeless population. Supervisor Ridley-Thomas noted that California’s 2016-2017 budget includes $114 million in new funding to address homelessness – but $100 million of it is a one-time allocation.
“We are urging Governor Brown to use every means at his disposal to provide our communities with new statewide resources immediately,” Congresswoman Hahn said.
“The homeless crisis has hit Los Angeles County hard, but we are not alone,” she added. “My colleagues in Congress from communities across the state have witnessed a devastating rise in homelessness — proving that homelessness is not a Los Angeles problem, or a San Francisco problem, it is a statewide problem and demands a statewide solution.”
Several local providers of aid to the homeless attended the press conference, including Harbor Interfaith, PATH, Housing Long Beach, LINC Housing, Century Housing, Long Beach VA, Mental Health America of Los Angeles and Mental Health America of Los Angeles – Operation Healthy Homecoming.
Also on the list are SCANPH, LA Voice, St. Joseph Center, Exodus Recovery, First to Serve, Behavioral Health Services/American Indian Changing Spirits, Integrated Recovery Network, Special Service for Groups, Service Planning Area 8 Homeless Coalition, and St. Margaret’s Center.
- Congresswoman Janice Hahn CA-44
- Congressman Alan Lowenthal CA-47
- Congressman Mark DeSaulnier CA-11
- Congressman Juan Vargas CA-51
- Congressman Ted Lieu CA-33
- Congressman Jared Huffman CA-2
- Congressman Brad Sherman CA-30
- Congresswoman Susan Davis CA-53
- Congresswoman Julia Brownley CA-26
- Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard CA-40
- Congressman Adam Schiff CA-28
- Congressman Mike Honda CA-17
- Congresswoman Jackie Speier CA-14
- Congressman Tony Cardenas CA-29
- Congresswoman Norma Torres CA-35
- Congressman Pete Aguilar CA-31
- Rep. Mike Thompson CA-5
- Congresswoman Maxine Waters CA-43
- Congresswoman Grace Napolitano CA-32
- Congressman Jerry McNerney CA-9
- Congresswoman Judy Chu CA-27
- Congresswoman Linda Sanchez CA-38
- Congresswoman Karen Bass CA-37
- Congresswoman Doris Matsui CA-6
- Congressman Ami Bera CA-7
- Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez CA-46
- Congressman Sam Farr CA-20
- Congressman Scott Peters CA-52
- Congressman Jim Costa CA-16
- Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo CA-18