Steinberg Institute

Governor Brown Agrees, Housing & Services for Homeless Living with Mental Illness is a Top Priority

Posted by on Friday, May 13, 2016

The Steinberg Institute released the following statement on Governor Jerry Brown’s May Revise budget proposal:

“Homelessness need not be hopelessness, especially for those living with a mental illness in California,” said Darrell Steinberg, Founder of the Steinberg Institute. “Today Governor Jerry Brown made it known that he agrees with us by endorsing my Institute’s proposal and top priority, a $2 billion bond to fund permanent supportive housing in California’s 2016 Budget revision.”

“Providing housing and services is the right thing to do.” stated Maggie Merritt, Executive Director of the Steinberg Institute. “This is a huge step forward and will improve the lives of tens of thousands of people who are in the greatest need.”

The No Place Like Home proposal, which has been championed by Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León, will ensure that thousands of permanent supportive housing units are available across the state for those living with a serious mental illness. Once signed into law, counties and providers will be better able to reach and deliver mental health services to those that need it the most. We know permanent supportive housing works and have study after study that shows dramatic cost savings, but the most important outcome is in the lives this will forever change.

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