Tuesday, June 21, 2016

State Lawmakers Seek Homeless Shelter Solution

LOS ANGELES — The growing problem of homelessness can be seen in every corner of California, from small towns that ring the state's redwood forests to the sands separating the Pacific Ocean from the most prosperous beachfront communities.

More than 115,000 homeless Californians were counted last year and one in four had a serious mental illness, according to the most recent tally from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

With California's homeless situation at what some officials are calling a tipping point, lawmakers are putting the finishing touches on a plan to provide as much as $2 billion to help cities build permanent shelters to get mentally ill people off the streets. The Legislature could consider the measure later this week.

Read more from the New York Times at: http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/06/20/us/ap-us-housing-the-homeless.html?elqTrackId=298543b94a6e411e884456bcf607db90&elq=180459f726404af595da5bc3b116444b&elqaid=9540&elqat=1&elqCampaignId=3387&_r=0

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