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Mon Jun 29, 2020, 06:27 PM

Galvanized by coronavirus fears, California lawmakers push bills on homelessness

With millions of Californians out of work, and experts worried huge numbers could lose their housing as a result of the pandemic, state lawmakers are focusing on the homelessness crisis with new fervor.

Legislators are attempting to push through a wide range of bills this year aimed at helping those on the streets or on the brink an effort with particular significance in the Bay Area, where high rents and inadequate housing contributed to staggering homelessness numbers even before COVID-19 hit.

One bill would require state and local leaders to develop a plan to essentially eradicate homelessness within eight years. Another would set aside $2 billion a year for shelter operations, homelessness prevention and other related services. A third would force local officials to make it easier to build homeless shelters in their cities.

I get an email every night in my inbox from constituents who are asking for help, and its story after story after story of I lost my job, Im still waiting for my unemployment, Im worried Im going to get evicted from my apartment. Its heart-wrenching stuff, said Assemblymember Buffy Wicks, D-Oakland. For me, that creates a strong sense of urgency that my colleagues are hopefully feeling as well.

Read more: https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/06/29/galvanized-by-coronavirus-fears-california-lawmakers-push-bills-on-homelessness/

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