Issues

Work to effectively address homelessness

Martha will establish a city/county/community-based services partnership to provide a whole-person care approach to effectively address homelessness citywide. Many homeless individuals who live on the street are best served in a public health approach because it often involves a serious mental illness or substance abuse condition. Martha understands how trained staff can connect better with people experiencing homelessness especially those who are not currently accessing public services with unique situation and needs. These resources will be delegated through outreach services at businesses, along West Capitol Avenue, schools and neighborhoods impacted by unsheltered homeless individuals.

Through Martha’s work on the Local Mental Health Board Yolo County has initiated a mental health court, mental health and police officer clinician team, assertive community treatment, and a local mental health urgent care facility in West Sacramento.

She has been active in securing government funding to address homelessness. She will tap the over $500 million in funding statewide to access housing support for families and youth. She will also utilize $50 million statewide to maintain the Social Security Insurance Advocacy Program which funds support to those with medical and mental illness conditions. The Mental Health Services Act provides us with a stable funding source for services to our homeless community members with mental health needs that is why she supports Proposition 2, which would help immediately free up the 2 billion dollars allocated by the 2016 No Place Like Home program to provide supportive housing services to homeless people with mental illnesses.

Her expertise will be a powerful resource for the partnership to implement these programs.