Leadership on homelessness and mental health
We have a responsibility to do much more to fight homelessness. Significant numbers of our homeless population suffer from a variety of mental illnesses and are incapable of making good decisions for themselves. They should not be abandoned on our streets, risking their own safety issue and in some cases the safety of others.
Sacramento and our county governments must do more to house and care for the mentally ill. As your State Senator, I will ask for an audit of how our tax dollars are being spent on this issue and work to bring back institutions that house and care for the mentally ill so they will not end up helpless on our streets.
- Voted to approved every project to build or buy and rehabilitate housing for the homeless population, including the conversion of old hotels into housing.
- Collaborated with faith-based institutions to write legislation which allows places of worship to temporarily house homeless women –called the Winter Collaborative.
Building a broad coalition to implement Laura’s Law in Santa Clara county, a conservatorship program to help the mentally ill homeless get the necessary support.
I am committed to listening to all sides and putting ideology and partisanship aside. If you disagree or have an idea to recommend, won’t you start a dialogue with me by entering your opinion or idea below? Your input is very valuable to me and I will read EVERY one of these messages.”