Advocates for Homeless Push for Budget Funding

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Governor Schwarzenegger’s revised budget released this week did not include funding for a 55-million dollar statewide program for the homeless who are mentally ill. It provides money to counties for housing, counseling and treatment.   Brandi Brogie (Broh-ghee) was accepted to a Sacramento-area community homeless program in 2000 and now holds a job.  She says it made the difference in her life—and could help others. 

 “I personally don’t feel that it’s excusable to tell people out there that I’m sorry there’s no hope for you anymore…”

Administration officials say there’s other money coming in for mental health programs through Proposition 63.  The measure expanded mental health programs through a tax on the wealthy.  However, advocates say those funds can only go for new programs not existing ones.