(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) and the mayors of the eleven largest cities in California want $1.5 billion from the state budget to help address the growing homeless crisis. According to 2017 statewide counts, California’s homeless population has ballooned to 134,278. Assembly Bill 3171, authored by Assemblymember Ting, calls for one-time funds to be allocated to cities on a matching basis, resulting in over $3 billion in collective State and local funds. “Homelessness is a statewide crisis, but we cannot do it alone. This year, we need to identify resources to partner with cities to build more shelters and augment additional services so we can get people off our streets and into shelter as fast as possible,” said Assemblymember Ting. Learn more about the plan in this Assembly Access video.