Homelessness Addressed by New Bills

Governor Gavin Newsom signed a package of bills Thursday to confront the crisis of homelessness

New California legislation to assist city and county governments by removing regulatory barriers to fight homelessness will go into effect January 2020.  Among issues addressed  in the bill package are:  Provision of a CEQA exemption for supportive housing and shelters in the city of Los Angeles; Authorization of a five-year pilot program in the following counties (Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Clara and Ventura) to expand the scope of an Multidisciplinary Resource Team to include serving individuals who are at risk of homelessness; Authorization for the use of any armory deemed vacant by the California Military Department for the purpose of providing temporary shelter from hazardous weather conditions for homeless persons;  Renames the runaway and homeless youth shelters run by the Department of Social Services as “youth homelessness and prevention centers,” and expands the categories of youth for which the centers are required to provide services to also include youth at risk of homelessness and youth exhibiting status offender behavior, and expands the time a youth can stay in the center from 21 to 90 days.

Ridley-Thomas Applauds Governor’s Action to Address Homelessness
Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, also co-chair of the Council of Regional Homeless Advisors, commented in a statement Thursday night, which follows:

“I applaud Governor Gavin Newsom for responding with urgency and conviction to address what I consider the moral and civic crisis of our time.

“By signing a compendium of critical legislation, he removed regulatory barriers that have slowed or prevented us from building supportive housing and shelters. This complements his historic $1 billion investment in the state budget specifically to address homelessness.