San Francisco Mayor London N. Breed signed into legislation the Metropolis and County of San Francisco’s balanced funds for Fiscal Years (FY) 2021-2022 and 2022-2023. The funds advances new investments to help San Francisco’s financial restoration; proceed the COVID-19 response; guarantee public security; present behavioral well being care; stop homelessness and transition individuals into providers and housing; create extra housing; promote nonprofit sustainability and fairness initiatives; and help youngsters, youth and their households.
Introduced on July 29, the annual $13.1 billion for FY 2021-22 and $12.8 billion for FY 2022-23 funds will reply to the Metropolis’s most pressing wants because it strikes ahead on the highway to restoration from the COVID-19 pandemic, whereas preserving long-term monetary sustainability.
The ultimate adopted funds follows months of collaborative work with elected officers, Metropolis departments, non-profit organizations, neighborhood teams, retailers, residents, and different stakeholders.
Breed and her employees carried out a complete public outreach course of, consisting of a public assembly to acquire enter on funds priorities, two city halls, and on-line suggestions to listen to from residents on their priorities and replicate them within the funds.
“I’m excited to be signing this two-year funds right now after months of laborious work from everybody concerned. It’s one thing that we should always all be pleased with,” stated Breed. “With these investments, we’re addressing our most urgent points by prioritizing the residents and companies which have been hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic. This funds will lay the groundwork for our Metropolis’s economic system and set San Francisco on a path to emerge from this pandemic stronger than ever.”
“This can be a restoration funds that can present crucial help for our residents and small companies who’re nonetheless struggling because of the impacts of this pandemic. It should launch new progressive approaches and supply historic investments to confront the well being, psychological well being, financial, housing, and security challenges dealing with our metropolis,” stated Supervisors Matt Haney, who serves because the Board of Supervisors Price range Chair. “We’re all dedicated to transferring ahead to ship on the commitments and investments made on this funds to enhance the standard of life and alternatives for everybody in our metropolis.”
Driving a Sustained and Equitable Financial Restoration and Persevering with Metropolis’s COVID-19 Response
The ultimate adopted funds invests practically $525 million over the 2 years for varied initiatives to drive and speed up the Metropolis’s financial restoration, whereas additionally supporting the Metropolis’s COVID-19 response.
Main restoration initiatives embody Neighborhood Ambassadors and occasions and actions to enliven San Francisco’s downtown, backfilling the lack of resort tax income for the humanities, addressing scholar studying loss, the Ladies and Households First Initiative, incentivizing the return of conventions on the Moscone Heart, a brand new Trans Fundamental Earnings pilot program, a Free Muni for Youth pilot program, and persevering with the JobsNow workforce program and Working Households Credit score.
The funds additionally contains $12 million to help the First Yr Free program, which can waive varied charges related to beginning a brand new enterprise in San Francisco, and a $32 million funding to enhance the over $90 million in rental aid funds obtained from the state and federal.
Moreover, the funds features a $6.4 million annual funding to help the upkeep and growth of the Metropolis’s pitstop program.
Of this whole, about $378 million shall be spent to proceed the Metropolis’s COVID-19 shelter response, meals safety applications, vaccination efforts, testing operations, and the COVID-19 Command Heart. Funding can even help community-based COVID-19 restoration programming, particularly focusing on assets to populations disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.
This funding contains focused small enterprise help, financial aid, workforce growth funds, and varied arts, cultural, and leisure programming.
Making Historic Investments in Homelessness and Housing
The ultimate adopted funds contains vital investments to handle homelessness in San Francisco and broaden the work began by the Homelessness Restoration Plan to create 6,000 placements for individuals experiencing homelessness.
In whole, the funds leverages over $1 billion over the subsequent two years in native, state, and federal assets so as to add as much as 4,000 new housing placements, stop homelessness and eviction for over 7,000 households, help further secure parking websites, and fund the continuation of a brand new 40-bed emergency shelter for households.
All of those investments are along with prior commitments. This funding will allow the Metropolis to cap all Everlasting Supportive Housing (PSH) rents within the Metropolis’s PSH portfolio at 30% of a tenant’s earnings.
Supporting Lengthy-Time period Financial Justice Methods
The ultimate adopted funds maintains the Metropolis’s $60 million annual funding within the Dream Keeper Initiative, which Breed launched final summer season to reinvest Metropolis funds in providers and applications that help San Francisco’s Black and African American group. The proposed funds additionally contains funding to waive further charges and fines paid to the Metropolis by San Francisco residents.
Moreover, the funds helps the Metropolis’s efforts to advertise range, fairness and inclusion and guarantee citywide coordination of fairness work. The funds additionally makes a big funding within the sustainability of the Metropolis’s nonprofit companions with $76.4 million for an ongoing value of doing enterprise improve.
Increasing Psychological Well being and Substance Use Help
Persevering with on a dedication to assist individuals with behavioral well being and substance use points, the ultimate adopted funds accommodates roughly $300 million in new investments for behavioral well being providers. Included within the funds is funding to stop overdoses by treatment assisted remedy, a drug sobering web site, and expanded naloxone distribution. The funds additionally contains funding to help new and present Road Response Groups, together with the Road Disaster Response Workforce, Road Wellness Response Workforce, and Road Overdose Response Workforce.
This funding will fund the Metropolis’s plan so as to add over 340 new remedy beds, present case administration and care coordination for individuals receiving providers, and broaden providers on the Metropolis’s Behavioral Well being Entry Heart. This funding can even present focused providers for transgender and Transitional Age Youth purchasers and improve providers for purchasers in shelters and Everlasting Supportive Housing.
Investing in Public Security, Victims’ Providers, and Justice Improvements
The ultimate adopted funds makes investments to stop violence, help victims, and continues the Metropolis’s investments in different responses to non-criminal exercise. The funds contains over $11 million to broaden violence prevention programming and funding for victims’ rights, together with focused investments to help community-based violence prevention and intervention work, and to San Francisco’s Asian and Pacific Islander group.
The ultimate funds contains funding to help police staffing ranges, funding two 40-person police academies in FY 2021-22 and one 50-person academy in FY 2022-23. The ultimate funds additionally contains $3.8 million over the 2 years to help the addition of 10 paramedics to the Hearth Division’s ambulance unit.
To strengthen the Metropolis’s non-law enforcement response to non-criminal exercise, the ultimate funds contains new funding for a Road Wellness Response Workforce and assets to help name diversion, together with a $3 million funding to help different different response fashions.
Supporting Youngsters, Youth, and Their Households
The ultimate funds contains over $134 million over the 2 years to put the groundwork for early studying and common preschool in San Francisco. This contains funding for childcare subsidies, workforce compensation for childcare suppliers, and baby well being and wellbeing. The funds additionally maintains the Metropolis’s present investments in youngsters and youth, invests vital new funding to handle studying loss, funds psychological well being for SFUSD college students, and helps the Mayor’s Alternatives for All initiative.
Investing in Capital Initiatives and Reasonably priced Housing
The ultimate adopted funds contains vital investments in capital and one-time initiatives, which can create jobs and spur financial restoration. The funds offers $50.6 million to help inexpensive housing developments in San Francisco. The funds additionally contains $208 million for initiatives from the Metropolis’s Capital Plan, together with avenue and parks infrastructure enhancements, an growth of fiber to inexpensive housing, and group facility enhancements. The funds additionally contains funding to exchange getting old tools within the Hearth and Police departments, in addition to funding to buy a web site for an LGBT Cultural Museum.
Guaranteeing Monetary Resilience
The funds makes the above vital investments in a means that’s financially accountable. By using funding from the American Rescue Plan and different one-time sources, the Metropolis is ready to preserve its reserves. This funds preserves the Metropolis’s Wet Day Reserve for future uncertainty and threat. To hedge towards future threat and uncertainty, the funds re-allocates unappropriated funds to create two new reserves that can assist to handle unexpected prices attributable to potential FEMA reimbursement disallowances and to handle future funds shortfalls.