Homeless & Crisis Assistance

Homeless & Crisis Assistance

West Coast Mayors Announce Creation of New Alliance to Address Growing Crisis of Homelessness

The alliance was developed during the first West Coast Mayors Summit, a two-day convening of mayors from Portland, Seattle, Eugene, San Francisco and Los Angeles to discuss pressing issues affecting each of their cities: homelessness, housing, and climate action.


Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) testified before the House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Health in support of his legislation, H.R. 3484 – the Los Angeles Homeless Veterans Leasing Act of 2015. The legislation is currently pending in the House of Representatives and would give the VA authority to enter into enhanced-use leases for the construction of supportive housing for Veterans.

Homeless Program: Mayor Announces Bold Goal to Help 8,000 People Out of Homelessness

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced a goal for his second term of helping at least 8,000 people out of homelessness forever through strategies that stabilize people’s lives through the City’s nationally recognized housing and services and building a system that ends a person’s homelessness before it becomes chronic.


U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-5) today announced a $145,101 U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) Project Based Voucher grant for the Housing Authority of the City of Napa. The grant will provide 17 Section 8 VASH vouchers for the Valley View Senior Homes.

Mayor Lee Announces Immediate Investments to House Homeless Families

As the multi-year plan is being crafted, the Mayor is ensuring that currently homeless families receive immediate increased support. The Mayor and the Human Services Agency have identified funding to begin serving 50 homeless families who are either in shelter or on the waiting list for shelter through the Home for the Holidays initiative, at a cost of $500,000 in the current year. Additionally, the existing housing voucher program will be expanded to serve 70 more families in the shelter system throughout the course of the fiscal year. The full cost of the expansion to 120 families will total $5 million over the next two years


On Veterans Day, Rep. Pete Aguilar announced the creation of his Veterans Advisory Board. The committee of local veterans, veteran assistance non-profit organizations, education facilities, and veteran employment groups met with Rep. Aguilar earlier this week in San Bernardino to discuss local and national initiatives to connect veterans with job opportunities

Mayor Announces SF311 Services to Assist Residents & Homeless

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced new enhancements to San Francisco’s 311 system to allow residents to more easily notify the City of homeless people in need of well-being checks so that Homeless Outreach Teams, Department of Public Health staff, and San Francisco Police can respond and assess the need for medical treatment or services more efficiently. Before these enhancements, constituents did not have a one-stop, seamless option to alert the City about homeless people who might be in distress.

Mayor Garcetti Announces First Steps of Comprehensive Strategy to Combat Homelessness Crisis

Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced the first steps of a comprehensive strategy to address the homelessness crisis in Los Angeles, an effort that would invest at least $100 million annually in City funding to help house tens of thousands of homeless individuals

Homeless Funding: Mayor Announces New City-Private Sector Partnership to Expand Homeless Services

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today highlighted milestones in the City’s new first-of-its-kind Navigation Center pilot program including helping 200 homeless residents access housing and services in five months. Mayor Lee also announced a new $3 million re-allocation of City funds to expand the Navigation Center model, and challenged the private sector to match the City’s commitment at least dollar-for-dollar


Yesterday, Rep. Pete Aguilar (CA-31) toured the Homeless Access Center in San Bernardino and met with city leaders to discuss homelessness in the Inland Empire. Rep. Aguilar toured the facility with Mayor Carey Davis, Council member and Mayor Pro Tem Rikke Van Johnson, City Attorney Gary Saenz, and City Council member Virginia Marquez. The tour was facilitated by the center’s Deputy Director of Housing, Brandon Mims and the CEO of Mercy House, Larry Haynes.

Elk Grove Opens Second Transitional House for the Homeless

Helping families re-establish their roots and transition to a place that they can call home is the objective behind the opening of the City’s second transitional housing project. City leaders in partnership with Elk Grove HART (Homeless Assistance Resource Team) and Sacramento Self-Help Housing celebrated the opening of the Meadow House today in east Elk Grove with a ribbon cutting ceremony and tours of the home.

Veterans’ Housing: Mayor Announces Increased Funding for Homeless Veterans

Today Mayor Edwin M. Lee and U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has granted a City request to waive payment standards used to calculate the value of rental vouchers provided to homeless veterans. The waiver in HUD’s Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program will allow the City to increase the value of rental vouchers provided to San Francisco veterans, so that they have more housing options and will speed the placement of veterans in stable, secure and safe homes in San Francisco.

Capps Announces HUD Grants for Central Coast Agencies

Rep. Lois Capps (CA-24) announced several organizations in the 24th Congressional District received grants to combat homelessness through the federal Department of Housing and Community Development Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program. The total amount awarded was $858,865.

Senate Approves Feinstein, Portman Amendment to Aid Homeless Children

The Senate today unanimously approved an amendment offered by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) to the Every Child Achieves Act that would eliminate barriers to children receiving assistance from the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) homeless assistance programs


Congressman Xavier Becerra (CA-34) announced that Volunteers of America – Los Angeles (VOALA), People Assisting The Homeless (PATH), and New Directions, Inc. received $1.8 million in federal grants from the U.S. Department of Labor to help homeless veterans in Los Angeles overcome homelessness and secure employment


Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles) and 17 original cosponsors introduced theAdvocating for Homeless Veterans Act to reauthorize the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Advisory Committee on Homeless Veterans through December 31, 2020. The Advisory Committee was created in 2001 by then-House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Chris Smith (R-NJ) to review the VA’s efforts to serve homeless veterans and provide the Department with recommendations.

Senate leaders use spending bill to continue assault on air, water, and climate

Senate appropriators continued their full-scale attack on the nation’s air, water, and climate today, adopting a spending bill riddled with anti-environmental policy riders that also severely underfunds the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and land conservation.


Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | California) made the following statement on today’s launch of the Homes for Heroes Program in downtown Los Angeles. Homes for Heroes is a partnership of the U.S. Veterans Administration, LA City Chamber of Commerce, United Way, LA Housing and Community investment Department, Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles and Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles to encourage landlords to rent to homeless veterans.

Feinstein Celebrates Opening of Homeless Veteran Housing at West LA VA

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today applauded the opening of Building 209, which will provide housing for homeless veterans at the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Campus. Feinstein has worked closely with the Department of Veterans of Affairs to complete the project

Mayor Lee Announces New Mission Bay Project to House Formerly Homeless Veterans

Mayor Edwin M. Lee announced plans for a new 101-unit project to provide housing for 50 formerly homeless veterans and 50 low-income families at 1150 Third Street in Mission Bay and an onsite manager unit. The project will be built on land dedicated to the City’s Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure (OCII) for affordable housing and is supported with an initial $5 million in private contributions from technology and business leaders marshalled by the San Francisco Citizens Initiative for Technology & Innovation (sf.citi).


CalHFA Contributes Vital Funds to Complete Ocean View Rehabilitation

A collaboration between the California Housing Finance Agency, local and federal partners, nonprofit developer BRIDGE Housing Corporation and other contributors has resulted in a sparkling renovation of Ocean View Senior Apartments in the Bay Area community of Pacifica


Homebuyers Can Now Use Income from ADUs to Help Qualify for...

The California Housing Finance Agency has revised its guidelines so first-time homebuyers may apply rental income from an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) toward loan qualification. This update follows the guidelines of Fannie Mae and the Federal Housing Administration and will take effect on May 1, 2017