Web Pages Devoted to Homelessness Task Force
CSAC has embarked on an important effort to find real solutions to homelessness in California, establishing a joint Homelessness Task Force with the League of California Cities. The first meeting occurred Friday, September 23, with more than 20 city and county officials discussing how to approach this complex and vexing issue. CSAC has also created special pages on our website devoted to the task force work product and other resources.
The agenda and presentations from the first task force meeting are there now and we will add new documents, links and other resources as we get them. The goal is to make it easier to begin collaborating on efforts to reduce homelessness right away. The task force will also continue to expand an already solid working relationship with the Department of Housing and Community Development—the state agency that will be managing the “No Place Like Home” funding process.
Under that new law, approximately $2 billion will eventually become available to help local governments manage the homeless mentally ill population. While there are many reasons any given individual might be homeless, mental illness and the lack of appropriate treatment facilities is a significant factor.
“There are no easy answers to homelessness,” said CSAC Executive Director Matt Cate. “But when you start adding up the time and resources local governments expend dealing with its impacts, you realize how much better it will be for all of us to get more people into permanent housing with the resources they need to improve their lives.”
The next task force meeting is scheduled for November 28 in Los Angeles.