Palm Springs allocated $10 million for homeless assistance from state of California

The city of Palm Springs has secured $10 million for one-time homeless assistance as part of the 2019-2020 state budget.

According to a news release from the city, Assemblymember Chad Mayes secured the funds, working with Mayor pro tem Geoff Kors and Councilmember Christy Holstege.  The funds will not be finalized until the budget is signed by the governor next week.

“The state’s funding formulas often overlook smaller communities like those of the Western
Coachella Valley whose homelessness issues are just as severe. By partnering with the State, Palm Springs will now have the tools it needs to address the root causes of homelessness,” said Mayes.

Palm Springs officials told the Desert Sun that they have yet to finalize where the money will go, but said it may go to things such as helping local service providers or funding hotel renovations, cooling centers, transitional housing or a new navigation center where many services could be provided under one roof.