San Benito County Local News: Homelessness

All Local Homelessness News articles contributed by our local media allies and other local newsrooms.

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After receiving a presentation May 9 from Graham Kraus, CEO of the California State Association of Counties, the San Benito County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to endorse the association’s AT HOME plan (Accountability, Transparency, Housing, Outreach, Mitigation & Economic Opportunity).

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Fast food is the largest employer of homeless workers in California, with one of 17 unhoused individuals in the state working in the industry. That is according to a new report released by the Economic Roundtable.

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California cities of every size lack shelter beds for the state’s growing homeless population. A new bill would force local governments to do more, and punish ones that don’t plan housing for homeless Californians.

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Democratic voters in California cities are pushing mayors and city councils to clear homeless camps. Leaders are responding with new ordinances, from Sacramento to San Diego.

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A ceremony highlighting the completion of the San Benito County emergency shelter expansion project and renovation of the Migrant Center Homes will take place March 10.

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The Hollister City Council is considering changes to its rules on parking recreational vehicles, which prohibit parking on city streets and driveways.

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The city of Hollister released a survey regarding its recreational vehicle ordinance, which is available online and at City Hall.

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San Benito County will receive $2.4 million from the latest round of funding of $36 million that was announced in a press release by Gov. Gavin Newsom’s HomeKey Program. The funds will purchase 11 factory-built homes for the unhoused.

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Gov. Gavin Newsom is not pleased with local leaders' plans to reduce homelessness, and will hold back state funding until they take more aggressive action: ‚ÄúEveryone has to do better.‚ÄĚ

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It’s a common misconception that a physical address is required to cast a ballot. For individuals living in shelters or encampments, California offers several options for participating in local elections.

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San Benito County’s homeless population has increased by 75 people since 2019. Much of this increase is reportedly linked to ongoing challenges related to the pandemic.

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Monterey County Supervisor Luis Alejo opened the first Lead Me Home summit on homelessness on July 14. The summit highlighted reports on Monterey and Salinas, but offered little information on San Benito County.

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The Board of the Coalition of Homeless Service Providers for Monterey and San Benito Counties has named Genevieve Lucas-Conwell as executive director of the Coalition.

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San Benito County officials and property owners continue to seek more funding to provide more services for local homeless people, and to reduce the unhoused population.

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Tenants still waiting on rent relief will now likely have more time before facing eviction. The Legislature voted to extend eviction protections through June 30. The bill now heads to the governor’s desk for his signature.

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San Mateo County has made a bold pledge to end homelessness by the end of 2022. It sounds like a stretch, but this is San Mateo County, with about 900 people in the streets and another 600 in shelters‚ÄĒa smaller population than some L.A. neighborhoods.

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California Republicans are advocating for a package of bills to tackle homelessness and mental health issues‚ÄĒbut they claim their approach is more fiscally responsible.

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Volunteers fanned out across the state for the first statewide count of California’s homeless population since 2020. The number is expected to be higher, raising more questions about the impact of the state’s increased spending.

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Senator Alex Padilla will introduce legislation to push some $531 billion into affordable housing projects around the country. The bill could dramatically boost federal aid for homelessness and a shortage of affordable housing.

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Gov. Gavin Newsom is doling out $50 million to help cities and counties clear out camps and house people living outdoors. San Jose, Richmond and Santa Cruz are among those cities that might benefit.

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