Declaring Homelessness Problem A ‘Crisis’ Could Net Local Agencies Millions In State Funds
Local jurisdictions may declare a crisis if a compelling number of people are without shelter and their health and safety are threatened. In addition to the funding, the declaration allows government-owned buildings to be converted for shelter use, and it also may relax standards for temporary housing.
Is Homelessness A Crisis? Declaring It One Could Bring Money To Stanislaus County
Stanislaus County could ask its nine cities to declare that homelessness is a crisis, thereby positioning local agencies for millions of dollars in state funds. ... By concurrently declaring an emergency-shelter crisis, the county and its cities would clear an eligibility hurdle for some of the $11 million in state funds for housing, emergency solutions and other assistance, a county report says. (Carlson, 8/27)
In other public health news —
Los Angeles Times:
Climate Change Will Be Deadlier, More Destructive And Costlier For California Than Previously Believed, State Warns
Heat waves will grow more severe and persistent, shortening the lives of thousands of Californians. Wildfires will burn more of the state’s forests. The ocean will rise higher and faster, exposing California to billions in damage along the coast. ... The state’s assessment draws on the latest science, including more than 40 new peer-reviewed studies, to project the effects of the continued rise in greenhouse gases on California’s weather, water, ecosystems and people and offer guidance on how officials across the state might adapt. (Barboza, Boxall and Xia, 8/27)