State Legislators Request Audit of Homelessness Spending

Senator Roger Niello (R-Fair Oaks) and his colleagues submitted a request to the Joint Legislative Audit Committee (JLAC) to authorize an audit of public funds intended to alleviate homelessness throughout the state. 

The letter was sent by Senator Niello and his colleagues Senators Dave Cortese and Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh, along with Assemblymembers Josh Hoover and Evan Low on March 17. The letter outlines specific requests for information including a review and evaluation of the state’s structure and efforts for funding and addressing homelessness, the effectiveness of the State’s investment, federal and state funding received by cities for homeless programs, and the outcome of the funding that has been used for homeless programs.

“Homelessness is getting worse in California despite record spending on state programs,” said Niello. “A thorough audit must be done to determine how taxpayer dollars have been used. My hope is that this audit will shed light on why billions of dollars in investments have not achieved meaningful outcomes and help the State move forward with better solutions.”

The audit request will be heard at the JLAC hearing this Wednesday, Mar. 22 at 9:00 am. 

The full letter can be found at