Local and State Policy Platform - Homelessness
Every community in the Bay Area is facing increases in those experiencing homelessness. This crisis comes at a high cost to the entire community. While the “housing first” model is proven to be effective in reducing homelessness, 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. The causes of homelessness are multi-faceted and require that multiple levels of support be made available. We support policies, partnerships and funding to increase our stock of housing for low and extremely low-income individuals and families. We support safe and structured long-term interim solutions to the encampments that are causing a negative impact on our entire community.
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.