Proclaiming a local State of Emergency on Homelessness, pursuant to the California Emergency Services Act (Gov. Code §§ 8550 et seq.)
The Long Beach City Council unanimously approved a local emergency declaration on homelessness on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023, joining both Los Angeles County and LA city, which have passed similar declarations in an effort to reduce the ongoing crisis.
The emergency declaration will allow Long Beach to request assistance from the county, the state, and the federal government. It will also authorize the city manager’s office to take preventive measures necessary to help alleviate the homeless crisis in Long Beach.
See attached for Alameda County’s emergency declaration and the supporting documentation that they used. This could potentially be a model for us to use.
Section 8550 – Legislative declaration (Current through the 2023 Legislative Session).
The state has long recognized its responsibility to mitigate the effects of natural, manmade, or war-caused emergencies that result in conditions of disaster or in extreme peril to life, property, and the resources of the state, and generally to protect the health and safety and preserve the lives and property of the people of the state. To ensure that preparations within the state will be adequate to deal with such emergencies, it is hereby found and declared to be necessary:
(a) To confer upon the Governor and upon the chief executives and governing bodies of political subdivisions of this state the emergency powers provided herein; and to provide for state assistance in the organization and maintenance of the emergency programs of such political subdivisions.(b) To provide for a state office to be known and referred to as the Office of Emergency Services, within the office of the Governor, and to prescribe the powers and duties of the director of that office.(c) To provide for the assignment of functions to state entities to be performed during an emergency and for the coordination and direction of the emergency actions of those entities.(d) To provide for the rendering of mutual aid by the state government and all its departments and agencies and by the political subdivisions of this state in carrying out the purposes of this chapter.(e) To authorize the establishment of such organizations and the taking of such actions as are necessary and proper to carry out the provisions of this chapter.
It is further declared to be the purpose of this chapter and the policy of this state that all emergency services functions of this state be coordinated as far as possible with the comparable functions of its political subdivisions, of the federal government including its various departments and agencies, of other states, and of private agencies of every type, to the end that the most effective use may be made of all manpower, resources, and facilities for dealing with any emergency that may occur.
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