Mayor Eric Garcetti wants everyone to write to your State Senator, Assembly Member and Governor Brown in support of AB 317l. This bill was rolled out by 11 mayors of California cities, including Los Angeles. The bill will address the homeless crisis by asking Gov. Brown to commit $1.5 billion of the $6 billion state surplus to cities to use to help solve homelessness in their area. This is unique because most of the social service dollars are routed through the County. AB 3171 calls for the funds to be allocated to the cities. Gov. Garcetti hopes there will not be a $1 to $1 encumbrance added. Cities can use the money as they see fit, to build shelters, supportive housing or programing for mental health services. The money could come in with the approved budget on July 1, 2018.