CSAC Bulletin Article

Assembly Budget Hearing Highlights County Response to Homelessness, Use of State Funding

October 20, 2022

Last week, the Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 4 on State Administration held an informational hearing in San Francisco focused on homelessness in California. The hearing was the first in a series of hearings intended to gather information on how local jurisdictions are utilizing the myriad of state funding sources intended to expand local capacity to meet community needs and support regional coordination around homelessness.

During the first half of the hearing, Dr. Margot Kushel, Director of UCSF’s Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative, provided an overview of California’s unhoused population, key demographic trends, and emphasized the need to increase the housing supply across the state. The second half of the hearing was dedicated to the local response to homelessness by counties in the Bay Area, including the City and County of San Francisco, the County of Santa Clara, and the County of San Mateo.

The hearing provided county staff the opportunity to highlight both the opportunities and challenges associated with recent state investments around homelessness, particularly the Homeless Housing, Assistance and Prevention (HHAP) Grant Program. While the flexibility associated with HHAP has given counties the ability to target existing gaps and increase much needed interim and permanent supportive housing stock, the nature of HHAP’s one-time refunding each year makes long term planning and collaboration difficult. Staff from all three counties also voiced challenges with the short timelines around planning and the pressure to get dollars spent as quickly as possible.

The Subcommittee is scheduled to hold a second informational hearing on October 27 at 10:00 am in Los Angeles. Links to the county presentations are posted on the Assembly Subcommittee’s website and the full recorded hearing can be watched back here.


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