This week at the Board Meeting the last of the four County budget phases called the Supplemental Changes Budget was approved.

While challenges still remain, there were a number of significant actions taken that contribute to the County’s ability to provide social, health, and other services to our more than 10 million residents:

Increased Investment in Affordable Housing
$45 million to the Community Development Commission to help preserve existing and create new affordable housing. This is augmented by other funds to bring our 18-19 commitment to the targeted level of $60 million. Next year’s target: $80 million!

Mental Health Services
Six new teams to help individuals who have been subject to short-term mental health holds connect to critical services.

Nurse-Family Partnership Programs
Added $14 million for public health nurses to help high-risk, low-income pregnant women develop and improve parenting skills.

Permanency Partnership Program at DCFS
$7.5 million and 95 new positions in Children and Family Services to place foster kids with relatives and extended family.

Voting System Assessment Project (VSAP)
$21.5 million for the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s new cutting-edge voting system.

Immigration Legal Services
$1.1 million and five new positions so the Public Defender can expand services for their non-citizen clients.

CA Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids
$42.2 million increase for CalWORKs, which provides financial assistance and services to low-income families

DHS Funding for Outreach, Case Management, and Housing
$25M increase for Health Services’ interim housing beds, and $44M for case management services and housing assistance.

Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)
$1.7 million to establish a PREA Compliance Team to implement reforms to prevent rape in County detention centers.

More Affordable Housing
Added $9.8 million in additional one-time funding for the Affordable Housing budget unit.

Swimming Pools and Aquatic Centers
Extended the operation of 27 seasonal swimming pools and aquatic centers from ten to twelve weeks.

Fiscal Responsibility
Added $7.8 million to the County Rainy Day Fund, in addition to the $39 million from the adopted budget.

Institutions for Mental Diseases Beds
Added $8.3 million to provide Institutions for Mental Diseases beds on behalf of the jail diversion population.

Click here to take a deeper dive into the Supplemental Changes Budget