Meeting the Needs of California’s Homeless: It Takes More than a Roof

Report #95, June 1989


In California, 16 programs specifically targeting the homeless are spread across at least 10 state departments and six different state agencies. The Commission’s report finds that despite intense interest in meeting the needs of the homeless and despite the allocation of considerable resources to do so, the State has failed to provide an effective safety net that ensures people will be adequately housed.

This report makes three findings and 13 recommendations, which include unifying all state programs dealing with the homeless under the State Health and Welfare Agency, and creating centers throughout the state where homeless people may apply in one location for all forms of aid for which they are eligible.