Local and State Policy Platform - Homelessness
Every community in the Bay Area is facing increases in those experiencing homelessness. While many communities are now following the “housing first” model, this is not a quick fix and is difficult to implement during a housing crisis. Substantial resources are needed if we are to provide housing for those in need as a first step towards helping them re-enter our communities.
Housing & Services/Mental Health
We encourage incentives, protecting dedicated local housing funds, and securing partnerships and initiatives to build or repurpose housing for homeless with wrap around services.
We support aggressive action to secure SB1 and SB2 funds for “rehousing” as the first step to getting the homeless back into our society, increased support for local behavioral health (i.e., mental health and substance abuse) services and best practices advice to local jurisdictions to assist them in grappling with this challenge.