More than 50 county supervisors and top executives from around the state converged on Sacramento this week to attend the CSAC Institute’s Emerging Issues Class on Homelessness in Our Communities. Facilitated by Humboldt County Supervisor Virginia Bass and Yolo County Supervisor Oscar Villegas, participants and speakers had the opportunity to learn, share, and discuss key issues in their communities.
Homelessness may seem like an urban problem, but increasingly, rural and suburban counties are also grappling with this multifaceted issue. Counties of all sizes reported increases in individuals struggling to find a place to live. The current boom in regional housing prices and rent is forcing people on low and fixed incomes out of their homes, many areas do not have affordable housing capacity, new project often run into siting and community issues, and it is clear that mental illness plays a role in chronic homelessness regardless of location.