Several cities approved new budgets last week, with significant funding for new efforts to combat homelessness. Additionally, New York City Mayor EricAdams signed new legislation that would prohibit discrimination based on a person’s height or weight, and new Chicago MayorBrandon Johnson passed a restructuring of the City’s Council.
Mayor Andre Dickens (D) announced a new investment of $1.4 million from the Affordable Housing Trust Fund to create a Housing Help Center and to expand the Safe and Secure Housing Program. The investment will assist residents by providing resources to identify affordable housing.
Mayor Michelle Wu (D), alongside the Mayor’s Office for Immigration Advancement, announced over $700,000 in grants to 15 different non-profits that offer services including Know Your Rights Training, forms assistance, and legal representation.
Mayor Karen Bass (D) signed a new $13 billion city budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The bill includes over $1 billion in funding to combat homelessness in the city, and over $3 billion in funding for the LAPD.
Mayor John Cooper (D) is working to pass a deal with Speedway Motorsports to bring NASCAR racing to The Fairgrounds Nashville. The Mayor would need the approval of the City Council for the bonds to finance the project.
Phoenix City Council approved a $1.9 billion spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year. The funding is expected to go to increases in public safety, homelessness services, parks, and various community arts and recreational programs.
Mayor London Breed (D), alongside the Environmental Protection Agency and San Francisco Public Utilities announced $369 million in new funding for Stormwater Management and Climate Resilience programs in the city.