Governor Jerry Brown added his signature to his final budget late last week, expressing satisfaction for his accomplishment of creating a $9 billion rainy-day fund in anticipation of the state’s next recession. Additionally, the $139 billion spending plan prioritizes education, infrastructure, climate change and legal services for immigrants. The key features of the spending plan impacting aging services include:
- LTSS Financing: LeadingAge California’s key budget ask of $3 million for better understanding the states’ LTSS needs was approved. The money will be spent to include questions on long-term services and supports in the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS), a critical source of data produced by UCLA and used by policymakers, researchers and health experts across the state.
- Assisted Living Waiver: The LeadingAge California supported effort to expand the Assisted Living Waiver was also approved by the Governor. With the signing of this budget, the Waiver will expand by 2,000 slots. An additional 18,500 slots will be added if AB 2233 (Kalra, D-San Jose) is passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor.
- CNA Training Funds: Up to an initial $2-$4.5 million (with an additional $10 million if augmented by the Employment Training Panel at EDD) was set aside for the Certified Nursing Assistant Training Kickstarter Program.
- Housing and Homelessness: Another goal of the budget is to help bolster Californians living in poverty, by funding state welfare and homelessness programs. Here is a breakdown of what’s included in the budget deal for housing and homelessness:
Homelessness Emergency Aid Block Grant:
- $250 million, one-time, to Continuums of Care
- $100 million in homelessness funds to Continuums of Care proportional to each jurisdictions’ Point-In-Time Counts
- $150 million to cities, and cities/counties with populations of more than 330,000.
Department of Social Services:
- $24.2 million CalWORKS Housing Support Program ($48.3M ongoing)
- $8.1 million CalWORKS Homeless Assistance Program
- $15 million Senior Home Safe Program
Office of Emergency Services:
- $10 million Domestic Violence Shelter Program
- $1 million Homeless Youth and Exploitation Program
Department of Health Care Services:
$50 million Homelessness and Mental Illness Program
Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council:
$500,000 for an executive director and two staff members
Proposition 2 Infrastructure Revenues:
The budget language includes the following allocations from surpluses can be made after the Budget Stabilization Account (Rainy Day Fund) is full (which it now is): Funding dedicated to state building infrastructure ($400 million).
Additional funds beyond the $400 million will be split between the Multifamily Housing Program and rail projects.
As part of last year's Legislative Housing Package, Housing California-sponsored Senate Bill 2 created a permanent source of funding for affordable homes using a non-sales real estate document recording fee. Legislators voted to use the first year of funds to address homelessness. Here's the Year 1 breakdown:
- $125 million housing/homelessness planning grants
- $57.5 million to Emergency Solutions and Housing Program
- $57.5 million to Housing for a Healthy California (Housing CA-sponsored bill AB 74)
$5 million to an Orange County emergency shelter
$5 million to a Merced County navigation center
To view the entire budget summary, visit www.ebudget.ca.gov.