A San Francisco lawmaker and fellow Democrats aim to speed up approvals of affordable housing developments that include support services for the homeless by making it harder for local officials throughout California to slow or deny such projects in the face of community resistance.
Sacramento is fast-tracking homeless gulags.
According to the East Bay Times, San Francisco Assemblyman David Chiu has also announced a proposal to spend $1 billion of California’s $6.1 billion budget surplus to build affordable housing for low-income families and permanent shelter for the chronically homeless.
“If you look at the streets in almost any city in California,” Chiu said Monday, “it’s clear we have an enormous homelessness crisis, and I think the Legislature should respond with an investment that matches the magnitude of the crisis.”
Roughly 25 percent of the nation’s homeless — about 134,000 people and rising — live in California.
Chiu’s Assembly Bill 2162 would make it easier to gain the necessary local approvals to build permanent housing (gulags) for the homeless.
The Assembly Budget Committee will likely take up the request during a public hearing this spring before releasing its proposal for the state budget. The Legislature must, by law, approve the state budget by June 15. It then goes to Gov. Jerry Brown, who has the authority to veto any of the items included in it.