California Assembly Approves Package of Homelessness Measures
(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Building upon previous legislative efforts, Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) joined his Assembly colleagues to approve a series of homelessness bills that would grant additional funding, improve coordination, and enhance transparency as the state continues to prioritize housing needs.
“Addressing homelessness and keeping Californians safe and sheltered remains a priority of our legislative work. Ensuring that all Californians have a safe place to call home is an issue that predated this pandemic and has become all the more urgent in upholding the health, dignity, and safety of our communities,” said Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia. “These legislative measures and additional funds will help build upon our district’s strategic efforts to alleviate homelessness.”
- AB 3300 - (Santiago) Homelessness: California Access to Housing and Services Act: establishes the California Access to Housing Fund and appropriates $2 billion each year in to the fund to address homelessness.
- AB 1845 - (Luz Rivas) Office to End Homelessness: organizes a Governor’s Office to End Homelessness under the direction of the Secretary of Housing Insecurity and Homelessness.
- AB 2746 - (Gabriel) State Funding Accountability for Homelessness: requires that recipients of programs that address homelessness provide specified data to improve transparency and accountability.
- AB 3269 - (Chiu) State and local agencies: homelessness plan: creates the Office of the Housing and Homelessness Inspector General to create greater accountability for state and local actions to address homelessness, imposes new requirements on local governments to develop actionable plans address homelessness, and creates a public right of action for the Inspector General to compel compliance with those new plans, among other things.
These legislative proposals passed in the California State Assembly and will now advance to the California State Senate for their consideration.