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Lawmakers To Examine Homelessness Among Veterans

  

The California Legislature is on hiatus until January, but a few lawmakers will be busy Thursday at the Capitol. They’re examining the problem of veterans’ homelessness.

The federal government estimates about 15,000 veterans live in California without homes, and about two-thirds of them aren’t in shelters — that’s the highest rate in the nation.

Last year voters approved Proposition 41, a $600 million bond measure to build affordable housing for those veterans. The first block of money, $63 million, went out in June to non-profits and local government agencies to build temporary or permanent homes and offer support services to homeless veterans.

Now, two Assembly committees are meeting to take a look at the projects, which organizations applied, what they’re building, and where. The state estimates that Proposition 41 funding could create a total of 7,000 homes. The second round of funding is expected to go out next year.

Ben Bradford

State Government Reporter

As the State Government Reporter, Ben covers California politics, policy and the interaction between the two. He previously reported on local and state politics, business, energy, and environment for WFAE in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Read Full Bio