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Big City Mayors Continue to Advocate for State Action to Combat Growing Homelessness Crisis

San José City Mayor Sam Liccardo named leader within coalition

Post Date:01/27/2020

San José, Calif. – The mayors of California’s 13 largest cities recently announced that San José Mayor Sam Liccardo will assume leadership of the coalition at the 2020 U.S. Conference of Mayors. The Big Cities Mayor’s Coalition is a collaboration of the leaders from the state's 13 largest cities who work together to champion the most crucial issues Californians face. In 2020, the Big City leaders plan to pursue a robust political agenda to combat the escalating crisis of affordable housing and homelessness. 

A 2019 report from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development stated that homelessness increased in California by more than 16% from 2018 to 2019, leaving over  151,000 Californians without permanent housing. The big cities mayors coalition recently advocated for an expansion on the budget for states homelessness funding which gives cities flexible grants to address homelessness. They will continue to work closely with the Governor’s office and state legislature surrounding the Homelessness Taskforce Recommendations calling for public right of action against local governments not making measurable progress on the homelessness crisis. This right of action allows the State to ask a court to intervene, should a municipality miss their reduction goals, and potentially redirect money and resources through a constitutional amendment. 

“While we appreciate the past support of state leaders for episodic funding to reduce homelessness, cities still lack an ongoing stream of funding to sustain the important initiatives like tiny homes, motel rehabilitations, and homeless programs that we’ve recently launched in our local communities,” said Mayor Sam Liccardo. “As this crisis envelops every major city in California, we must redouble our efforts to advocate for our most vulnerable residents, and to employ more cost-effective and innovative strategies for housing them..”

Big City Mayors, formerly the Big 11, is a coalition of Mayors across California’s 13 largest cities. Members include Mayors from Los Angeles, San Diego, San José, San Francisco, Fresno, Sacramento, Long Beach, Oakland, Bakersfield, Anaheim, Riverside, and Stockton.


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