SACRAMENTO – Today Assemblyman Josh Hoover (R-Folsom) announced the passage of Assembly Bill 2903 out of the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee, which would require state-run homelessness programs to annually report cost and outcome data to the California Interagency Council on Homelessness (ICH). It would also require ICH to develop uniform procedures for collecting the data and reporting it to the public. The bill passed with unanimous bipartisan support on a 9-0 vote.

AB 2903 implements the recommendation of the California State Auditor following the results of a recent audit requested by Assemblyman Hoover, which found that the state has failed to systemically track homelessness spending and is not adequately positioned to collect data and assess outcomes.

“Just one week after our audit blasted the state for its failure to track homelessness funding, Governor Newsom announced another $200 million in new spending,” Assemblyman Hoover said. “If we truly want to stop ‘funding failure,’ as the Governor claims, we must hold state agencies and homelessness programs accountable. I am grateful for the strong bipartisan support for this effort.”

According to the Auditor’s report, California has spent nearly $24 billion taxpayer dollars since 2018 to solve our homelessness crisis. During that same period the state’s overall homeless population increased by 32 percent and half of the nation’s unsheltered homeless now live in California.

Josh Hoover represents Assembly District 7, which includes the cities of Citrus Heights, Folsom, and Rancho Cordova and the unincorporated communities of Carmichael, Fair Oaks, Foothill Farms, Gold River, Mather, McClellan Park, North Highlands, Orangevale, and Rosemont.