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Bass, Padilla announce support for homelessness funding bill

Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass on Wednesday joined Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) and local leaders to voice support for reintroducing a bill that would invest billions of dollars in housing and anti-homelessness programs. did.

The Housing for All Act, which Padilla previously introduced in 2022 and 2023, would funnel money to supportive housing programs for the poor. Elderly and invalid, National Housing Trust Fund, Housing selection coupon programs and other initiatives. The bill would also support local efforts to address the homelessness crisis, including converting motel and hotel rooms into permanent supportive housing and mobile crisis intervention teams for the unhoused.

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) and Rep. Salud Carvajal (D-Santa Barbara) have introduced companion legislation in the House. The bill never made it to the president's desk when it was introduced previously.

“Housing is a basic human right, not a privilege,” Padilla said Wednesday. “I will reintroduce the Housing for All Act to finally address the homelessness and affordable housing crisis with the seriousness it deserves. I won't stop fighting until we get there.”

Padilla's bill is Project-based rental assistance programThis would allow tenants to pay rent based on their income, and would also include an additional $40 million to provide technical assistance to program recipients or applicants.

It also plans to spend $15 billion over 10 years on: continuing care Grants that provide funding to nonprofit organizations and state and local governments that address homelessness.

Bass praised the bill's support for the national effort, saying it is already making a difference in the fight against homelessness. “This bill will invest in proven federal programs,” she said. “The important thing is that we know how to solve this problem…This crisis is not going to be solved at one level of government.”

The bill would fund programs aimed at addressing the lack of affordable housing, preventing evictions and assisting people living on the streets. Although the bill has failed to pass for several years, Bass said he remains committed to its passage.

“We will continue to advocate until it is on President Biden’s desk for his signature,” she said.

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