State Assembly approves L.A County-supported resolution urging declaration of state of emergency on homelessness (June 30, 2016)
By a vote of 59-11, the State Assembly overwhelming passed House Resolution 56 (HR 56) urging the Governor to declare a state of emergency on homelessness in California.
This swift legislative move follows a unanimous vote this month by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors urging the Assembly and Senate to ask the Governor for such a declaration. The intent of the declaration is to clear the way for a series of coordinated strategies and significant funding to confront a crisis that is placing unprecedented strains on cities and counties throughout the state.
Click HERE to read the HR 56.
Click HERE to read the County press release.
Urgent Call to Action to Secure Ongoing Revenue and Push for Aggressive State Action Against Homelessness
Contact the Governor and Leadership of the State
Legislature Today! NEW!
Los Angeles County is confronting a pervasive and deepening homelessness crisis that imminently endangers the health and safety of tens of thousands of residents. Ongoing, dedicated revenue and aggressive State action are critical to effectively addressing this crisis.
CALL TO ACTION
Contact the Governor and leadership of the state legislature today to urge them to support trailer bill language granting counties authority to seek voter approval to impose a special tax on personal income above $1 million/year to combat homelessness.
Below is contact information to submit support letters and make advocacy calls.
Call the Assembly Speaker today.
Speaker Anthony Rendon
District Office (562) 529-3250
Email and/or fax in your advocacy letter.
Sample support letters are below. Please send a copy of your letter to HomelessInitiative@lacounty.gov.
Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fax: (916) 651-4924
Senator Mark Leno, Chair, Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee
- Email email@example.com
- Fax: (916) 651-4911
Speaker Anthony Rendon
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fax: (916) 319-2163
Assembly Member Philip Ting, Chair, Assembly Budget Committee
- Email email@example.com
- Fax: (916) 319-2119
Spread the word about this urgent effort and encourage your colleagues and community partners to submit their advocacy letters.
Board of Supervisors Votes to Seek Authority from State to Ask County Voters to Approve Millionaires’ Tax to Combat Homelessness NEW!
On Tuesday, May 17, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to seek state legislation to grant counties the authority to seek voter approval to impose a special tax on personal income above $1 million/year to combat homelessness.
The homeless crisis in Los Angeles County has been worsening and demands an urgent, coordinated response from the State, County, cities, and community partners throughout the region. The 2016 Homeless Count indicated that the overall number of homeless people in Los Angeles County increased to 46,874 in 2016, which is 6% more than in 2015 and 19% more than in 2013. The subset of homeless people living in encampments, tents and vehicles increased by 20% from 2015 to 2016 and a staggering 123% from 2013 to 2016.
Ongoing dedicated revenue is critical to effectively addressing the homeless crisis. The County conducted a poll to determine voter support for potential revenue-raising measures. The most popular option was a tax on personal income above $1 million annually, which was supported by 76% of likely voters in the November 2016 election. A one-half percent millionaires’ tax would generate an estimated $243 million per year in Los Angeles County.
Community members have played a critical role in the Homeless Initiative since it was launched in August 2015. We encourage community members to visit this Homeless Initiative website periodically to keep abreast of the latest developments and advocacy opportunities.
Board of Supervisors approves far-reaching homeless strategies
On Tuesday, February 9, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a landmark plan that represents the most comprehensive effort ever undertaken by the County to combat homelessness (view approved strategies).
The broad initiative includes 47 strategies that were approved on the same day that the City of Los Angeles also acted on its own plan to address the homeless crisis. Together, the strategies aim to attack the root causes of homelessness and lift thousands of families and individuals out of homelessness and into better lives.
The County’s strategies represent the best thinking of frontline stakeholders from all walks of life. The strategies were developed after 18 policy summits that brought together 25 LA County departments, 30 cities and more than 100 community organizations.
“We cannot combat homelessness alone,” said Board Chair Hilda L. Solis. “The only way we will have an impact is if we work together.”
Homelessness does not discriminate. It affects neighborhoods across the County and impacts individuals and families of every background—as shown in this video by the L.A. County Office of Countywide Communications.