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Anaheim mayor backs homeless relief bill

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County workers clear and raze a homeless encampment beside the Santa Ana River on February 20, 2018 in Anaheim, California.
Officials in Orange County began moving homeless transients out of the homeless tent encampments to shelters or motels as part of the settlement worked out by homeless advocates and the county under supervision of a federal court judge. / AFP PHOTO / Frederic J. BROWN        (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
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County workers clear and raze a homeless encampment beside the Santa Ana River on February 20, 2018 in Anaheim, California. Officials in Orange County began moving homeless transients out of the homeless tent encampments to shelters or motels as part of the settlement worked out by homeless advocates and the county under supervision of a federal court judge. / AFP PHOTO / Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

If passed, the legislation would set aside $1.5 billion in state funds to help cities pay for shelters and permanent housing.

A bill that would set aside more than a billion dollars to fight homelessness in California just got a big push from local leaders.

Eleven mayors, including LA's Eric Garcetti and mayors from the OC, were in Sacramento Wednesday meeting with Assemblyman Phil Ting of San Francisco and State Senator Ricardo Lara of Bell Gardens, the authors of the legislation. 

Under the bill, the state would match local funds spent on relief efforts, including shelters and permanent housing.

Mayor Tait explained the needs of cities like Anaheim to Take Two:



The cities don't get the money and don't get the funds to deal adequately with this. The money goes to all of our counties for social services. The money that goes to cities is for police, fire protection, parks... And there's no money to deal with the homeless issue, and it has to come out of one of our budgets. We all feel that if we had some funds directed towards us, we could do a lot more because we're closest to the problem. If we had some money, we could be a lot more effective in dealing with the issue.

(Answer has been edited for clarity and brevity.)

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