Prop 2 pairs housing with mental health services to turn the corner on homelessness in California
San Jose, CA –The Silicon Valley Leadership Group along with California’s advocates for mental health, affordable housing, and people experiencing homelessness were among those celebrating the passage of Proposition 2 as the polls closed in California tonight.
“This is an exciting night and a great starting point when you consider how critical Props 1 & 2 are to bringing solutions to the current housing crisis. Two numbers kept me awake at night before our election: 10,000 and nearly 300,000. California is home to 10,000 homeless veterans who have bravely served our country and now have to brave the elements without a place to call home,” said Carl Guardino, President and CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and partner and co-chair of the coalition to pass Props. 1 and 2 . “California is also home to nearly 300,000 school-aged children who experience homelessness during the school year, living in cars, under bridges, shuttled from shelter to shelter. We can and must do better, and this is a critical starting point to getting tens of thousands of people who are homeless off the streets and on the path to recovery.”
Prop 2 – the “No Place Like Home” Program – was supported by a broad coalition of community and homeless advocates, doctors, mental health experts, public safety officers and many others. The initiative authorizes the state to use a small percentage of funding generated by the Mental Health Services Act to leverage a $2 billion bond to build supportive housing linked to services for Californians living with a serious mental illness who are homeless or at great risk of becoming homeless.
Prop 2 will help Californians by:
- Building supportive housing for people living with a serious mental illness who are homeless or at great risk of becoming homeless.
- Providing intensive coordinated care including mental health and addiction services, medical treatment, case management, education and job training.
- Strengthening partnerships among doctors, law enforcement, mental health and homeless services providers to ensure care provided through the housing program is coordinated and tailored to individual needs.
- Preventing more deaths on our streets and providing critical intervention by building supportive housing connected to mental health treatment and services.
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