To help alleviate the impact of homelessness in the 34th Senate District, Senator Janet Nguyen is pleased to announce that the City of Santa Ana has been awarded a Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP) grant of $3.7 million.

Funding for the grants was made possible through the passage of Senate Bill 850, which Senator Nguyen supported during the June 2018 state budget vote. SB 850 provided $500 million in one-time funds for homeless aid programs. As part of that funding, Senator Nguyen’s vote also helped secure $150 million in assistance specifically for the state’s 11 largest cities, which includes Santa Ana. The California Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council announced the award on October 22, 2018.

“Thanks to this state grant, the City of Santa Ana will have an opportunity to make strides in delivering services to the homeless population in the city,” said Senator Janet Nguyen.

As a member of the Senate Committee on Human Services, Senator Nguyen has fought to improve the way California addresses homelessness issues, and to provide additional funding for local governments to reduce homelessness. Among other bills, she has supported:

  • AB 448 (Daly) to establish the Orange County Housing Finance Trust to build low income housing for the homeless population.
  • AB 1603 (Budget) to appropriate $45 million to supplement county funding for an advocacy program to assist homeless Californians with disabilities.
  • AB 1618 (Budget) to create the No Place Like Home plan and invest $2 billion towards housing homeless who are mentally ill.
  • AB 727 (Nazarian) to expand the ability of counties to spend more Mental Health Services Act (Prop. 63 of 2004) money on housing assistance for people with mental health problems.

Read more at the Orange County Breeze.