What’s the Big Idea?
Should the state be allowed to use money intended for mental health services to pay for housing for homeless Californians?
The Way It Is Now
California voters raised taxes on millionaires when they approved Proposition 63 in 2004. The money went toward mental health services. State lawmakers later voted to redirect that money to housing for the mentally ill homeless. But that move has been held up in the courts over whether housing is in line with what voters originally supported.
What If It Passes?
The state would be allowed to issue $2 billion in bonds that would fund the construction of approximately 20,000 units of supportive housing. And those bonds could be paid back using the ongoing tax revenues from Proposition 63.
The best way to help mentally ill homeless Californians is to provide the stability of a roof over their heads. This “housing first” approach makes it easier to provide medical care, substance abuse treatment and job training.
Redirecting money toward housing construction means less for the treatment of Californians with severe mental illness, which is what voters originally wanted when they passed Proposition 63.
YES for Proposition 2