Prop 1 promises more of the same for California’s homeless

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Leading up to the March 5 primary, Gov. Gavin Newsom appealed to voters by insisting that Proposition 1 is a just reward for veterans, who “have given everything for our freedom often at extraordinary cost to themselves.” It’s not an unpersuasive argument. It was, however, a cheap, emotional ploy.

 The vote for Prop 1, which would fund mental health programs and housing for the homeless, was close. It was approved by a thin 50.2%-49.8% margin, a gap of fewer than 30,000 votes. It is the fifth time since 2000 that California voters have approved a bond measure funding housing and homelessness programs for veterans.

The previous four measures issued a total of $6 billion in bonds. Prop 1 alone would issue $6.38 billion: a little more than $1 billion to be used for permanent housing for homeless veterans with mental health or substance abuse disorders; $922 million for permanent housing for those experiencing or are at risk of homelessness with behavioral health needs; and $4.393 billion for grants for behavioral health treatment and housing.

Click to read the full article in the Northern California Record.

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