Voters Approve New Mental Health Housing Program

With polling stations closed and 94% of precincts reporting, California Proposition 2 “Use Millionaire’s Tax Revenue for Homelessness Prevention Housing Bonds Measure” has been called, and the measure was passed.

To fully understand Prop 2, let’s look at how we got here.

In 2004, California passed Proposition 63 or the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA). This piece of legislation created an additional 1% tax on incomes of $1 million and over to be used on fundamental Mental Health Services.

In 2016, the California State Legislature passed legislation to spend revenue from Proposition 63 on revenue bonds for development of supportive housing for people with severe Mental Illness. This legislation was unable to go into effect due to pending litigation over whether revenue from the MHSA could be spent on homelessness prevention.

With the passing of Prop 2, California’s voters spoke clearly that homelessness was a priority and that the MHSA revenue could, in fact, be used on homelessness prevention for individuals in need of mental health services.

California should applaud the passage of Prop 2.

Having shown our support, CBHDA is thrilled that No Place Like Home can finally be used as an effective tool to address the needs of people with Severe Mental Illness who are in need of permanent supportive housing.

CBHDA is #HereForYou

Robb Layne

Director of Communications and External Affairs

Robb LayneCBHDA