CSAC Bulletin Article

No Place Like Home Ballot Bill Set for Next Week

April 19, 2018

Senator Kevin De León’s measure to place the No Place Like Home (NPLH) program on the statewide ballot gets its first hearing next week. Introduced just two weeks ago, SB 1206 would place the authorization for the No Place Like Home program on the November General Election ballot.

Senator De León authored the bill with input from the Brown Administration, which has been working to implement the program since it was passed by the Legislature in 2016. Since that time, the program, which would provide grants using Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) funding to counties to create permanent supportive housing, has been tied up in the courts due to lawsuits.

Counties are eager to begin applying for this funding and build on efforts around the state to create affordable and specialized housing. For that reason, CSAC is supporting SB 1206 – with the caveat that county support is predicated on the bill retaining its single purpose, to validate NPLH so that funds can begin flowing. Any amendments to further alter the MHSA will be strongly opposed by CSAC and other stakeholders.

The Senate Health Committee will hear SB 1206 on April 25.

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