Data Points

Bay Area counties’ portion of state emergency funds to fight the homeless crisis

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Tens of millions of dollars have been released by the state of California to address the homeless crisis in the Bay Area. 

Santa Clara County is getting nearly $46 million, the most of any Bay Area county, according to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office, which late last year released the emergency homeless aid as part of a $650 million package. San Francisco and Alameda County will receive roughly the same amount, $38 million. 

Here’s how the counties rank by the amount they are receiving. The numbers are rounded. 

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1. Santa Clara County — $45.9 million
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2. San Francisco — $38 million
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3. Alameda County — $38 million
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4. Sonoma County — $6.7 million
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5. Contra Costa County — $5.2 million
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6. San Mateo County — $3.4 million
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7. Solano County — $2.6 million
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8. Marin County — $2.4 million
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9. Napa County — $0.85 million
1. Santa Clara County — $45.9 million
2. San Francisco — $38 million
3. Alameda County — $38 million
4. Sonoma County — $6.7 million
5. Contra Costa County — $5.2 million
6. San Mateo County — $3.4 million
7. Solano County — $2.6 million
8. Marin County — $2.4 million
9. Napa County — $0.85 million

Newsom recently ended a statewide tour in Oakland as part of his administration’s efforts to address the crisis. Oakland is getting $20 million in aid from the state. In all, the Bay Area is receiving 23 percent of the total state funding.

“We need to see it as an immediate crisis and a longer-term problem,” said Daniel Flaming, president of the Economic Roundtable, which has done at least one study on homelessness in the Bay Area. 

Flaming said that, with help, a majority of homeless people are able to get back on their feet in less than a year, but some get stuck. 

“That’s really the face of the homeless,” he said, so it’s important to help people soon after their crisis sets in. 

SourceCalifornia Governor’s Office; Economic Roundtable