SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – More than a dozen mayors from the California’s largest cities issued a statement in support of a $1 billion annual budget allocation for homelessness.
The so-called ‘Big City Mayors’ coalition includes leaders of Los Angeles, San Diego, San José, San Francisco, Fresno, Sacramento, Long Beach, Oakland, Bakersfield, Anaheim, Riverside, Santa Ana, and Stockton.READ MORE: Hertl’s Hat Trick Leads Sharks Past Flames, 5-3
The mayors praised successful programs that are already being implemented to support the unhoused population, such as emergency cabins, temporary housing and rent assistance, but warned they are heading for a “collective fiscal cliff.”READ MORE: COVID: High Demand For Vaccines, Boosters Strains Staffing At San Mateo Clinic
“Without significant direct flexible funding to local communities– outlined in the legislature’s budget proposal of $1 billion annually for the next four years– for ongoing operations and supportive services at these sites, we face the unconscionable reality of pushing thousands of our neighbors back into the streets,” said the statement.MORE NEWS: Firm Once Owned By 'Pharma Bro' Shkreli To Pay $40 Million To Settle Price Gouging Lawsuit
The mayors added that how California address the current homeless crisis will “define our generation’s legacy.”