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State Budget Helps Fight Homelessness

State Budget Helps Fight Homelessness

Posted: Jun 15, 2018 5:56 PM

CHICO , Calif - On Thursday, California lawmakers approved and sent Governor Jerry Brown a $200 billion state budget.


Part of that budget includes freeing up $500 million in grants that cities can use to address homelessness.

So, Action news now went to Chico City Hall on Friday to speak with the City Manager on how this could really help the city.

“Its one of those opportunities to take a look and see what the state has included in regards to homelessness," said Mark Orme.

He adds officials have many projects lined up including the potential relocation of the jesus center, bringing agencies together to mitigate homeless problems, and homeless camp clean ups.

So any additional funds would help.

“Our local cities are having to deal with local issues and so looking for every opportunity to utilize those fundings to help us mitigate some of the impacts of homelessness and help those that are homeless get off their feet back into the job," said Orme.

However, since the budget was just approved on Thursday city officials have yet to find out how much money is coming to Chico
and what strings are attached.

They say for now they’ll stay hopeful.

“The city is extremely excited to see when there will be an opportunity to access funding to help deal with issues within your community the catch always is what strings are attached to those dollars. How can you access them and we don’t know the answers to that yet. So we are excited to take a look and find out details and we’ll knopw more later on, “ said Orme.

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