Palm Springs is expected to receive $10 million in state funds for homeless assistance, a city official announced Monday.
The bill providing the funding is expected to reach Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk this week, according to city director of communications Amy Blaisdell.
Assemblyman Chad Mayes, R-Yucca Valley, whose 42nd Assembly District includes part of the Coachella Valley, worked with Palm Springs city leaders to secure the funding in the state budget, Blaisdell said.
The city plans to use the funding for shelter, behavioral health assistance, employment opportunities and other services, Blaisdell said.
“The state’s funding formulas often overlook smaller communities like those of the Western Coachella Valley whose homelessness issues are just as severe,” Mayes said. “By partnering with the State, Palm Springs will now have the tools it needs to address the root causes of homelessness.”
Over the past several years, Palm Springs has started new homeless-assistance programs that have resulted in 200 residents being housed, opened emergency overnight cooling shelters during the summer and created other services, allocating more than $1.4 million toward these efforts over the past two years in a partnership with Desert Healthcare District, Blaisdell said.
City Council members Geoff Kors and Christy Holstege met with Newsom and legislators during a recent lobbying trip to Sacramento in an attempt to gain support for funding for homeless programs and worked with Mayes, Blaisdell said.
“This $10 million award to address homelessness in our community is a huge game-changer for Palm Springs,” Kors said. “Our new programs have proven successful, but we need more resources to implement them to help even more people. Over the past few years, Palm Springs has put more focus on meeting with lawmakers in Sacramento and advocating for our fair share of resources.”
Holstege thanked Mayes, Newsom and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, D-Lakewood, for listening to the city’s needs.
“On behalf of our residents, we cannot thank them enough for taking the bold action required to ensure that Palm Springs will now have the funds necessary to significantly address the needs of our homeless population and create permanent solutions to homelessness,” Holstege said.