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Governor Signs SB 1380 (Mitchell)!

Thank you for Calling the Governor's Office!

SB 1380 becomes law January 1, 2017





The Governor will make the decision TODAY whether or not to sign SB1380 - which will create a Housing First model to address homelessness throughout California!

SB 1380 (authored by Sen. Holly Mitchell), will not only make California officially a Housing First state, it will create a coordinating council and homeless housing trust fund.  What's more, California will save, on average, $20,000 - $30,000 per person placed in permanent supportive housing. It's a win-win for everyone.

This is the model the State of Utah used to end chronic homelessness throughout the State, and they also saved millions of dollars in the process.  

Poverty Matters is the sponsoring organization for the bill, and cities from San Francisco and Sacramento to Santa Monica and Riverside along with many homeless organizations have endorsed SB 1380!

Every legislator we have spoken to has expressed the importance of these calls to the Governor in getting legislation signed!

PLEASE pick up the phone TODAY and tell the Governor’s office how important this bill is. Call (916) 445-2841. English: press 1, then press 4 to speak with a representative. Spanish: press 2, then press 5 to speak with representative. 

It’s easy! Here’s what to say:

  • Hi! I’m calling to urge Governor Brown to sign into law Senate Bill 1380, the bill to create a Housing First model to address the over 115,000 people who are homeless in California with a trust fund and coordinating committee. 
  • Please ask Governor Brown to sign SB 1380. 

If your call goes through after-hours, please leave a voicemail.


SB 1380, Authored by Senator Holly Mitchell (and Co-Authored by Senator Ben Allen and Assembly Member Miguel Santiago and others), officially places California on a Housing First model, creating a housing trust fund for homeless housing and a State coordinating committee similar to the State of Utah which has ended chronic homelessness in their State (to a functional zero).

Housing First will not only prioritize permanent supportive housing (housing with services) for our homeless population, but will also save the State of California an average of $20,000 - $30,000 in homeless services per person housed.

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