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Voters Will Decide On Proposition 1, Mental Health And Homelessness Measure

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A silvery-haired man with a black suit stands at a podium with a "Yes on 1" banner
Gov. Gavin Newsom expressed shock that the largest mental health institution is the county jail. Newsom kicked off his campaign for Prop. 1 at Los Angeles General Medical Center in Los Angeles on Jan. 3, 2024. The Proposition is the only statewide initiative on the March 5 primary ballot and asks voters to approve bonds to fund more treatment for mental illness and drug addiction. The initiative is a component of his efforts to tackle homelessness in the state.  (Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Local Officials Express Some Concerns About Funding Issues If Prop 1 Passes 

Proposition 1 would allow the state to issue more than $6 billion in bonds, for supportive housing and residential treatment facilities for people experiencing homelessness and mental illness. But local governments are eyeing the measure through a different lens, and what may be impacted locally.
Reporters: Elena Neale-Sacks, KAZU and Erik Adams, North State Public Radio

Previous Mental Health And Housing Measure Has Produced Little Results

Prop 1 isn’t the first ballot measure that’s tried to help Californians who live in that overlap between homelessness and mental illness. In 2018, voters passed No Place Like Home, a proposition that committed to building thousands of affordable housing units for homeless residents experiencing mental health issues. But a new investigation from CalMatters shows it delivered only a fraction of what proponents promised.
Guest: Marisa Kendall, Reporter CalMatters 

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