The Democrat-controlled Senate approved the budget with a 34-22 vote on Thursday evening, which will allocate an additional $100 million to higher ed, $85 million for homelessness and $200 million toward pension plans.
There are lots of ideas out there for bringing the numbers down. But so far nothing seems to work better than simply getting a roof over their heads, even if it’s only a dilapidated motel room.
With its residents upset by crime, homelessness and high taxes, it’s become a depressed and discouraging place. Can it once again be a shining exemplar of modern urbanist success?
A 2018 report found that Vikrum Aiyer improperly billed the federal government for more than $15,000 of expenses. Aiyer has been nominated by San Francisco Mayor London Breed to help oversee the city’s homeless commission.
BART, the region's rapid transit rail system, is investing significant time, money and staff into social services. It’s a big departure from the agency's core mission — running the trains on time.
Restrictive codes can severely limit housing development, but a new survey of mayors finds that few take them into account in their plans to address homelessness.
The Chattanooga Regional Homeless Coalition kicked off its weeklong point-in-time count this week with hopes of seeing the homeless population stabilize. Hamilton County saw an 81 percent increase in homelessness between 2020 and 2021.
With a tight housing market, expired eviction moratoriums and depleted federal funds, states must figure out new plans to prevent homelessness from skyrocketing as public and private agencies struggle to help those at risk.
Only 59 percent of homeless students in Washington state graduate from high school in four years. But North Thurston Public Schools has their more than 600 homeless students graduating at nearly the same rate as their peers.
The Washington state governor’s budget proposal for the next two-year cycle will fund a variety of programs across the state, including education, construction, salaries and public safety. There would be $2.6 billion left over.
A study from the Economic Roundtable found that without the pandemic-induced eviction moratoriums, unemployment insurance boosts and stimulus payments, the county’s homelessness would have climbed to 23 percent.
Maine’s largest city has proposed funding for affordable housing, employee retention bonuses, an addiction medicine program, health care for the homeless and more.
There are an estimated 1,228 people experiencing homelessness in Oakland County, Mich., and officials worry that numbers will continue to worsen as federal aid programs end and inflation continues to increase costs of living.
Evictions across the region have increased as California’s state and local pandemic-induced renter protections expired at the end of June. Tenant advocates expect eviction rates to continue rising.
The annual census found that chronic homelessness rose 43 percent since 2020, even as the county and city of Santa Rosa spent an unprecedented $4 million on housing homeless people through the first 15 months of the pandemic.
We shouldn’t give in to the idea that it’s too large and complex to be solved. The policies most responsible for homelessness were enacted by public officials, and it’s within their authority to fix them.