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LOCAL

- Additional Funding for GLIDE's Daily Free Meals Program: $75,000 in FY22, and $75,000 in FY23.

- Unanimous approval of the Compassionate Alternative Response Team (CART) by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, and the program was partially funded at $3 million in FY2021-22 to respond to 65,000 calls relating to homelessness that police are currently answering.

- Successfully retained funding for four 24-hour bathrooms in the budget — and possibly a fifth — along with five part-time bathrooms.

- Reductions to the SFPD budget — one police academy, 15 vacant positions, and $3 million in police overtime were removed from the budget.

- Significant investments in both the Homeless Emergency Service Providers Association (HESPA) and Our City, Our Home  (OCOH) recommendations — complete coalition breakdowns are pending.

- Through advocacy as part of the SF Jail Justice Coalition, the San Francisco Sheriff's Department has implemented a commissary allowance pilot program.

- Through advocacy as part of the End Poverty Tows Coalition, beginning in July, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency will be implementing a series of discounts and vouchers for people experiencing homelessness who are impacted by the enforcement of various citations. Final details are still pending.

STATE

- As a member of the California Hunger Action Coalition, GLIDE's Policy Manager was the Chair of Hunger Action Week (5/10-5/14). Thanks to the associated advocacy and organizing, the coalition was able to help launch the Universal School Meals Program, with an increase in state meal reimbursements by $54 million in FY2021-22, and $650 million ongoing Proposition 98 funding beginning in FY2022-23, to cover the costs of offering breakfast and lunch for all students.

- The final 2021-22 State Budget also is expected to include funding to begin implementation of the Food4All proposal. The funding and accompanying trailer bill language will move the state toward modernizing the California Food Assistance Program (CFAP), so that it will help meet the nutrition needs of those who, due to their immigration status, do not qualify for other California food programs. The decision to expand the program in FY2023-24 and beyond will be subject to appropriation. Next year, CHAC will continue to advocate to ensure that funding for Food4All is appropriated on a permanent basis.

- Through the End The Epidemics Coalition (GLIDE's Policy Manager is on the coalition's Policy Subcommittee), advocacy by CSJ and GLIDE Harm Reduction were able to help secure $13 million annually, beginning this year, to support investments to end the epidemics of HIV, STIs, hepatitis, and overdose. While the details of how this funding will be allocated have not been made public, this is the current understanding of what will be included in the final state budget:


- $3 million annually for the Syringe Exchange Supply Clearinghouse (in addition to the $3 million annually currently allocated), which provides supplies to Syringe Service Programs;
- $4 million for STI prevention and treatment in FY2021-22, and $10 million annually for STI prevention and treatment beginning in FY2022-23 (in addition to the $7 million annually currently allocated);
- $5 million one-time over three years to support HIV and aging demonstration projects;
- $1 million one-time over five years to support HCV test kits and training for personnel to administer the tests; and,
- Expansion of the state’s PrEP Assistance Program to fund PrEP navigation and retention coordinators and related services.

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