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Big City Mayors Applaud New Homeless Funding in State Budget

San José, Calif. – The following is a statement from San José Mayor Sam Liccardo, the chair of California’s Big City Mayors Coalition, on the passage of the California state budget today.

Post Date:06/26/2020 4:00 PM

June 26, 2020 

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Nora S. Ramirez, Office of Mayor Liccardo; (661) 330-5142 or 

“California’s big cities feel the crisis of homelessness most acutely. On behalf of my dozen colleagues in the Big City Mayors Coalition, I express deep appreciation to Governor Gavin Newsom and Legislative leadership in approving a budget that demonstrates their commitment to partner with our cities to confront the urgent needs of our unhoused residents. While the magnitude of this crisis makes any allocation insufficient to end the suffering on our streets, our state leaders have shown great courage to find substantial dollars amid the most difficult fiscal and economic conditions in nearly a century.  

With $550 million for expansion of our housing stock for homeless residents, and an additional $300 million in flexible homeless response funding, cities can sustain life-saving programs and add desperately-needed motel rooms and transitional housing to our inventory. In unprecedented and uncertain times, we are grateful for the strong commitment of our state elected leaders to supporting cities on the front line working to end homelessness and human suffering.”

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