Today, California Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 1380 which makes California a Housing First state and establishes the California Homeless Coordinating Council, requiring that departments administering state programs targeted to end homelessness incorporate the core components of Housing First into their programs by July 1, 2019.
“Housing First” is an evidence-based model that uses housing as a tool, rather than a reward, for recovery and that centers on providing or connecting homeless people to permanent supportive housing as quickly as possible.
Housing First providers offer services as needed and as requested on a voluntary basis and does not make housing contingent on participation in services.
“The Governor signature is a huge step in ensuring all Californians have access to housing. We know that permanent supportive housing through a Housing First model works and is the most cost-effective to end homelessness,” says Senator Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), author of the measure.
The bill requires that departments administering state programs coordinate with the California Homeless Coordinating Council to adopt Housing First guidelines and regulations to incorporate core components of Housing First by July 1st 2019.