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Making L.A.’s Case in the State Capital

Posted on 02/28/2024
Making L.A.’s Case in the State Capital

This week, in a move unprecedented in the State’s recent history, Mayor Karen Bass and Council President Paul Krekorian led a delegation of the City Council to Sacramento to advocate for the City’s priorities. The delegation met with Governor Newsom, the leaders of the Assembly and State Senate, and their respective budget committee chairs.

The mission yielded immediate benefits, with the State issuing the City its seventh installment of Project Roomkey Round Three funds, used to convert existing buildings into permanent housing for the previously unhoused.

The Governor also assisted with expediting payment of $300 million in reimbursements from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to the Los Angeles area, for expenses incurred providing emergency housing and services during the COVID pandemic.  These reimbursements, which might otherwise have been delayed for many months, free up resources for the City’s continued efforts to shelter the unhoused  and increase our supply of affordable housing.

“When emergencies strike, the City of Los Angeles doesn't wait for outside help; we act immediately,” said Council President Krekorian. “I want to thank Governor Newsom for ensuring that Los Angeles is receiving its share of federal funds to reimburse us for the outsize share of the burden we assumed.”

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