The City of Los Angeles just voted to pass a sales tax increase to raise $3.5 billion dollars over the 10 years to provide housing for homeless people, prevent other people and families from being homeless, and provide services for people to overcome addiction and mental health challenges.
The sales tax would be increased by 1/4 cent. The money be used to provide a place to live for 45,000 homeless people and prevent 30,000 people from losing their homes over the next five years. It appears the plans are to build 10 homeless housing projects and setting up teams of social workers and counselors.
The Mayor of LA, Eric Garcetti, who was re-elected on Tuesday with 80% of the vote, is a big advocate for homeless people, saying it is better for the city’s economy, law enforcement, and health services when there are less people sleeping on the streets.
The Guardian Article: http://bit.ly/2mZGS9x