Mayor of London Breed signs balanced budget to support economic recovery and tackle major city challenges


San Francisco Mayor London N. Breed has enacted the San Francisco City and County Balanced Budget for Fiscal Years (FY) 2021-2022 and 2022-2023. Budget advances new investments to support San Francisco’s economic recovery; continue the response to COVID-19; ensure public safety; providing behavioral health care; prevent homelessness and ensure the transition of people to services and housing; create more housing; promote not-for-profit sustainability and equity initiatives; and support children, youth and their families.

Announced on July 29, the annual $ 13.1 billion for the 2021-2022 fiscal year and the $ 12.8 billion for the 2022-2023 fiscal year budget will meet the city’s most urgent needs as it is moving on the road to recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, while preserving long-term financial viability.

The final budget adopted follows months of collaborative work with elected officials, city departments, non-profit organizations, neighborhood groups, merchants, residents and other stakeholders.

Breed and her staff conducted a comprehensive public outreach process, consisting of a public meeting to get feedback on budget priorities, two town halls, and online feedback to hear residents on their priorities and reflect them in the budget.

“I am delighted to sign this two year budget today after months of hard work by everyone involved. It’s something we should all be proud of, ”Breed said. “With these investments, we are addressing our most pressing issues by prioritizing residents and businesses that have been hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic. This budget will lay the foundation for our city’s economy and put San Francisco on the path to emerging from this pandemic stronger than ever. “

“This is a stimulus budget that will provide essential support to our residents and small businesses that are still struggling due to the impacts of this pandemic. It will launch innovative new approaches and provide historic investments to address the health, mental health, economic, housing and security challenges facing our city, ”said supervisors Matt Haney, who sits on the board of budget administration. “We are all determined to move forward to meet the commitments and investments made in this budget to improve the quality of life and opportunities for all in our city. “

Drive a sustainable and equitable economic recovery and continue the city’s COVID-19 response

The final adopted budget invests nearly $ 525 million over two years for various initiatives aimed at stimulating and accelerating the City’s economic recovery, while supporting the City’s COVID-19 response.

Key recovery initiatives include community ambassadors and events and activities to liven up downtown San Francisco, offset lost hotel tax revenue for the arts, combat lost learning for students, women, and families first Initiative, encouraging the return of conventions at the Moscone Center, a new Trans Basic Income pilot program, a Free Muni for Youth pilot program, and continuation of the JobsNow and Working Families Credit workforce program.

The budget also includes $ 12 million to support the First Year Free program, which will remove various fees associated with starting a new business in San Francisco, and a $ 32 million investment to increase the more than $ 90 million of rental assistance funds received from the state and federal government. .

In addition, the budget includes an annual investment of $ 6.4 million to support the maintenance and expansion of the City’s pit stop program.

Of that total, approximately $ 378 million will be spent to continue the city’s COVID-19 shelter response, food security programs, vaccination efforts, testing operations and the COVID-19 command center. The funding will also support community-based COVID-19 recovery programs, specifically targeting resources to populations disproportionately affected by the pandemic.

This funding includes targeted support for small businesses, economic assistance, workforce development funds and various arts, culture and recreation programs.

Make historic investments in homelessness and housing

The final adopted budget includes significant investments to fight homelessness in San Francisco and expand the work started under the Homelessness Recovery Plan to create 6,000 placements for homeless people.

In total, the budget mobilizes over $ 1 billion over the next two years in local, state and federal resources to add up to 4,000 new homes, prevent homelessness and eviction of more than 7,000 households. , support additional secure parking sites and finance the continuation of a new emergency shelter with 40 beds for families.

All of these investments are in addition to previous commitments. This funding will allow the City to cap all rents for housing with permanent support services (PSH) in the City’s PSH portfolio at 30% of a tenant’s income.

Support long-term economic justice strategies

The final adopted budget maintains the city’s annual investment of $ 60 million in the Dream Keeper Initiative, which Breed launched last summer to reinvest city funds in services and programs that support the black community and African American from San Francisco. The proposed budget also includes funding to waive additional fees and fines paid to the city by residents of San Francisco.

In addition, the budget supports the city’s efforts to promote diversity, equity and inclusion and to ensure city-wide coordination of equity work. The budget also makes a significant investment in the sustainability of the City’s nonprofit partners with $ 76.4 million for continued increases in the costs of doing business.

Expanding support for mental health and addictions

Continuing its commitment to helping people with behavioral health and addiction issues, the final adopted budget contains approximately $ 300 million in new investments for behavioral health services. The budget includes funding to prevent overdoses through drug-assisted treatment, a sobering-up site and expanded distribution of naloxone. The budget also includes funding to support new and existing street intervention teams, including the street crisis intervention team, the street welfare intervention team and the street intervention team. street overdose intervention.

This investment will fund the City’s plan to add more than 340 new treatment beds, provide case management and care coordination for those receiving services, and expand services at the Behavioral Health Access Center in the city. City. This investment will also provide targeted services for transgender clients and transition age youth and increase services for clients in shelters and permanent supportive housing.

Investing in innovations in public safety, victim services and justice

The final adopted budget provides for investments to prevent violence, support victims and continue the City’s investments in alternative responses to non-criminal activities. The budget includes more than $ 11 million to expand violence prevention programs and victims’ rights funding, including targeted investments to support community violence prevention and response work, and to the community. Asian and Pacific Islander San Francisco.

The final budget includes funding to support police staffing levels, funding for two 40-person police academies in FY 2021-2022 and one 50-person academy in 2022 -2023. The final budget also includes $ 3.8 million over two years to support the addition of 10 paramedics to the fire department ambulance unit.

To strengthen the City’s non-police response to non-criminal activity, the final budget includes new funding for a Street Wellness Response Team and resources to support call diversion, including an investment $ 3 million to support other alternative intervention models.

Support children, youth and their families

The final budget includes more than $ 134 million over two years to lay the foundation for early learning and universal preschool education in San Francisco. This includes funding for child care subsidies, labor compensation for child care service providers, and children’s health and well-being. The budget also maintains the city’s existing investments in children and youth, invests significant new funding to address learning loss, funds SFUSD student mental health, and supports the Mayor’s Opportunities for All initiative.

Investing in capital projects and affordable housing

The final adopted budget includes significant capital investments and one-off projects, which will create jobs and stimulate economic recovery. The budget provides $ 50.6 million to support affordable housing developments in San Francisco. The budget also includes $ 208 million for projects in the City’s capital plan, including improvements to street and park infrastructure, an extension of fiber optics to affordable housing, and improvements to community facilities. The budget also includes funding to replace aging fire and police service equipment, as well as funding to purchase a site for an LGBT cultural museum.

Ensuring financial resilience

The budget makes the above significant investments in a way that is financially responsible. Using funding from the American Rescue Plan and other one-time sources, the City is able to maintain its reserves. This budget preserves the City’s rainy day reserve for future uncertainty and risks. To guard against future risks and uncertainties, the budget reallocates unrestricted funds to create two new reserves that will help manage unforeseen costs due to potential FEMA repayment denials and manage future budget deficits.

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