SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Mayors from California’s largest cities are asking state lawmakers to provide $1.5 billion to help address what they say is a growing homeless crisis.
The mayors on Wednesday backed legislation that would require the cities to provide matching funds. That would create a $3 billion pot of money for housing, temporary shelters, supportive services and outreach.READ MORE: 'I'm In Shock': Colusa Farmer Fears Former Schoolmate Died In Helicopter Crash 45 Structures Now Destroyed As Dixie Fire Grows To 248,570 Acres
They cited a 2017 federal estimate that the most populous state now has more than 134,000 homeless people.
The bipartisan group includes mayors from Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Fresno, Long Beach, Sacramento, Oakland, Bakersfield, Anaheim and Santa Ana.MORE NEWS: Paul Flores To Face Judge In Preliminary Hearing In Kristin Smart Murder Case
Their request came the same day that two Democratic state senators said they will seek $2 billion to house and assist the homeless and families with low and moderate incomes.