STATEMENT: Mayor Garcetti on state legislation that would deliver $1.5 billion to address homelessness crisis

“California’s homelessness crisis is a humanitarian emergency that shocks our conscience and compels all of us to act with urgency. Cities are first responders in this crisis, and we are leveraging every possible resource to get people off the street and into homes. But we need help. That is why I and the 10 other Mayors of California’s largest cities are calling on the State Legislature to put our surplus dollars where they are desperately needed. This bill would provide emergency bridge housing and services to help people with their most urgent needs, so that they can begin rebuilding their lives with the dignity that everyone deserves.” — Mayor Eric Garcetti

Today, Mayor Garcetti, Assemblymember Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles), Assemblymember Laura Friedman (D-Glendale), and others declared their strong support for Assembly Bill 3171, a $1.5 billion state funding request to address California’s growing homelessness crisis. 

The funding would be allocated to cities in proportion to their share of the homeless population, and require matching funds from local jurisdictions. The City of Los Angeles has approximately 25 percent of the state’s homeless population, according to the 2017 Point-In-Time Count. Using that metric, the City would see $382 million from this measure, which could be matched 1-1, for a total of $764 million in funding.