Ending Homelessness in California? – Recording

September 9, 2021

Everyone deserves to have a stable home, in California and beyond. However, for the past several decades, low-income people have been increasingly pushed out of their homes. Many families are finding themselves priced out due to low housing supply, stagnant wages, and federal and state governments slashing funding for affordable housing. It’s clear we need bold public action to provide housing to everyone who needs it now and permanently.

Earlier this year, Bakersfield announced that they ended chronic homelessness in their city. During the pandemic, California launched Project Roomkey and Project Homekey to provide housing by utilizing vacant motels and hotels. This program is now in the process of converting vacant buildings into long-term housing for people forced to live on the streets. With a multi-billion dollar state surplus, California is in a unique position to address homelessness at its roots; is it possible for us to end homelessness in California once and for all?

On Thursday, September 9th we learned from homelessness experts and advocates on the root causes of homelessness in California, what programs are working, and what policies we need to get every Californian a place to call home.

The webinar was moderated by Catherine Bracy, Executive Director and Co-Founder of TechEquity. Panelists include:

  • Tomiquia Moss, Founder and CEO of All Home
  • Jason Elliott, Senior Counselor of Housing and Homelessness to Governor Gavin Newsom
  • Aras Jizan, Head of Data and Technology for the Built for Zero initiative at Community Solutions

Thanks to AppLovin for sponsoring this event. This event was hosted on Zoom.