Tens of millions of dollars have been released by the state of California to address the homeless crisis in the Bay Area. 

Santa Clara County is getting nearly $46 million, the most of any Bay Area county, according to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office, which late last year released the emergency homeless aid as part of a $650 million package. San Francisco and Alameda County will receive roughly the same amount, $38 million. 

Here’s how the counties rank by the amount they are receiving. The numbers are rounded. 1. Santa Clara County — $45.9 million2. San Francisco — $38 million3. Alameda County — $38 million4. Sonoma County — $6.7 million5. Contra Costa County — $5.2 million6. San Mateo County — $3.4 million7. Solano County — $2.6 million8. Marin County — $2.4 million9. Napa County — $0.85 millionNewsom recently ended a statewide tour in Oakland as part of his administration’s efforts to address the crisis. Oakland is getting $20 million in aid from the state. In all, the Bay Area is receiving 23 percent of the total state funding.

“We need to see it as an immediate crisis and a longer-term problem,” said Daniel Flaming, president of the Economic Roundtable, which has done at least one study on homelessness in the Bay Area. 

Flaming said that, with help, a majority of homeless people are able to get back on their feet in less than a year, but some get stuck. 

“That’s really the face of the homeless,” he said, so it’s important to help people soon after their crisis sets in. 

SourceCalifornia Governor’s Office; Economic Roundtable

Keith Burbank is currently a fulltime reporter covering Alameda County and Oakland news for Bay City News. He has also worked on the Data Points project for Local News Matters, finding trends and stories about the region through data. In 2019, he was a California Fellow at the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism, producing a series about homeless deaths in Santa Clara County. He worked as a swing shift editor for the newswire for several years as well. Outside of journalism, Keith enjoys computer programming, math, economics and music.