Sacramento, CA – Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the No Place Like Home Initiative – a landmark bipartisan legislative initiative to provide $2 billion for housing and services for homeless Californians. Senator McGuire was part of the State Senate team who brought forward and drafted the initiative that will provide communities – big and small – resources for desperately needed permanent supportive housing and mental health and drug and alcohol treatment services.
“Homelessness, especially the lack of resources for housing and services, is a growing crisis across California. Whether it’s downtown LA on Skid Row, San Rafael or Eureka, cities and counties lack the funding to implement the programs thousands of Californians desperately need,” Senator McGuire said. “This investment is the largest in a generation and it will give communities up and down the North Coast the ability to create and fund local housing programs that meet their unique needs.”
The No Place Like Home initiative has been a top priority of Senator McGuire’s this year and since day one he has worked to ensure the legislation would benefit the unique needs of Northern California communities. Earlier this year, Senator McGuire hosted a first-of-its-kind Homeless Services Roundtable with leaders from throughout the North Bay and North Coast, as well as representatives from the State to discuss their unique challenges, ideas and programs to tackle homelessness.
Senator McGuire will also host a Town Hall focused on the No Place Like Home initiative in Mendocino County later this fall, inviting all community members, elected officials, nonprofit and local government leaders from throughout the District to participate.
Additional background on the historic legislation can be found at http://focus.senate.ca.gov/homelessness.