OAKLAND, CA – Yesterday, Mayor Schaaf announced three new investments in the proposed 2017-2019 City Budget to fight homelessness, bringing the total proposed funds to address the crisis to $185 million.
“Homelessness and housing insecurity are the most pressing problems we’re facing today,” said Schaaf. “Anyone who travels our streets knows that homelessness has reached a crisis level in Oakland. Our recent point-in-time count tells us we have 1,902 homeless residents living on Oakland’s streets and another 859 living in shelters, cars or temporarily on couches. Every Oaklander deserves safe, affordable housing. Every resident struggling with disabilities, mental illness or addiction deserves dignity and care.”
This proposed budget includes investments in both immediate and long term solutions as well as new, pilot strategies. It also includes key investments by the County. Yesterday, the Mayor added the following items to her proposal:
These additions bring Oakland’s total investment in homeless services, anti-displacement and affordable housing to approximately $185 million over the next two years. Compared with Oakland’s 2015-17 budget, this represents roughly a 50% increase in funding for homeless services, more than double the dedicated funding for renters’ services, and twelve times more funding to protect and create affordable housing.
“Just as the causes of homelessness are complex, the work to tackle it is as well. We need everyone in this community to help,” said Schaaf. “If you want to help, please visit EveryoneHome.org and join a working group, sign up for action alerts or donate to support their services for our unsheltered residents.”
Here is a summary of these proposed expenditures in the 2017-19 Budget:
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Mayor Schaaf Boosts Budget to Fight Homelessness, Invests $185 Million to Address Crisis
Jun 9, 2017
Office of the Mayor