San Francisco District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen was elated when Joe Biden signed an executive order last week that opens the door taxpayers to foot the bill for the cities homeless problems.
Biden signed an executive order that was designed to increase reimbursements and other assistance to states to help cover costs related to the pandemic. The order states, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) shall “make available under Category B of the Public Assistance program such assistance as may be required by States (including territories and the District of Columbia), local governments, and Tribal governments to provide for the safe opening and operation of eligible schools, child-care facilities, healthcare facilities, non-congregate shelters, domestic violence shelters, transit systems, and other eligible applicants.”
“FEMA shall make assistance under this section available at a 100 percent Federal cost share until September 30, 2021,” the order adds.
Biden’s order is another shift from the Trump administration which agreed to reimburse states up to 75%. The latest executive order signed by Biden could be used by San Francisco to fund the city for all costs during the entire pandemic.
City Controller Ben Rosenfield is looking into if the order is retroactive, meaning the city could be receive millions of taxpayers funds.
“I think it’s safe to say it will apply from now until September, for those that are eligible,” Rosenfield stated.
“Fantastic!” supervisor Hillary Ronen said of Biden’s order. “Now we can open more spots for people experiencing homelessness to stay safe during the rest of this pandemic”
Fantastic! Now we can open more spots for people experiencing homelessness to stay safe during the rest of this pandemic. Can’t wait to work with Federal & State leaders on permanent fixes to homelessness. https://t.co/BeLWUPUH17
— Hillary Ronen (@HillaryRonen) January 22, 2021
The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the city is sheltering around 2,200 homeless in over 24 hotels.