After a look at Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposal to tackle the $37.9 billion state budget deficit, Stanislaus County officials are concerned about delays in funding for care court-linked housing and a substance use treatment effort. are worried.Thank you for reading this post, don't forget to subscribe!
The county was relying on a $10.8 million state allocation for “bridge” housing for adults treated for serious mental illness through the Community Support Recovery and Empowerment Court. Stanislaus is one of seven counties in California that began court-supervised treatment in October and also requires temporary housing to enroll homeless people in substance use disorder treatment under Senate Bill 43.
Supervisor Terry Withrow said the county is expected to receive the share for 2023, but could delay housing funding for 2024, 2025 and 2026. And opportunities for additional competitive grants for bridge housing may be closed.
“It’s concerning,” Withrow said Wednesday. “We thought we were moving forward with good laws and good programs, but now maybe they’re pulling away from us.”
Patrice Dietrich, the county’s chief operating officer, said it’s encouraging to see funding for homeless services called Homeless Housing Assistance and Prevention in the state budget proposal. The state budget for 2024-25 doesn’t look as dire as the $68 billion shortfall the Legislative Analyst’s Office projected in December. The state Finance Department’s calculations at Newsom’s budget discussion Wednesday were $30 billion lower.
Dietrich said staff continues to examine the new budget proposal for additional impacts to the county. “We’ll be digging into the details,” he said. “There’s a lot to look at.”
A report to the county Board of Supervisors is planned for its Jan. 23 meeting.
The League of California Cities released a statement saying that funding for services to assist the homeless remains in the state budget, but that a proposed $1 billion cut to housing programs would be a blow to efforts to house homeless people. Is.
Modesto officials did not comment on any impact of the budget on the city.
Health Access California, a leading advocate of health care services for the poor and immigrants, said Newsom’s budget proposal maintains support for the expansion of Medi-Cal, a program of health benefits for low-income residents in the northern San Joaquin Valley. Is the primary source.
“California can be relieved that despite the losses, no one is losing access to needed care and coverage or affordability assistance,” said Anthony Wright, executive director of Health Access. “We appreciate the Governor’s continued budget commitment to expanding Medi-Cal and improving our health care system for all Californians.”
Security for schools and colleges
Yosemite Community College District Chancellor Henry Yong said Wednesday it’s a good sign that the $68 billion deficit figure has been largely revised down to $37.9 billion. Young said he does not anticipate any job losses for YCCD employees at the community college district, which includes Modesto Junior College and Columbia College near Sonora as the state reduces spending.
“Although the state has a huge deficit, the state also has $24 billion in savings,” he said via email. “I would expect the governor and his team to mitigate the impact by strategically dipping into savings. While still problematic ($37.9 billion shortfall), it looks less dire in light of the state’s savings account.
The state budget plan would cut $8.5 billion from various funds, including cuts to climate change and housing programs and school facilities. It also blocks and delays more than $7 billion in funding for transit and intercity rail, early childhood education grants, clean energy and behavioral health housing.
According to Ad Source, Newsom’s budget plan aims to protect schools and community colleges despite an $11.3 billion drop in revenues going to education. However, state universities such as Stanislaus State and the University of California system in Turlock were promised a 5% increase in revenue, which will likely be postponed.
The Sacramento Bee contributed to this report.