Driving Regional Solutions

The Bay Area’s homeless population grew 9% since 2020 and is today the third largest concentration of homeless people in the U.S. Furthermore, the Bay Area’s failure to scale its inventory of emergency shelters has created the least sheltered homeless population in the U.S., even when compared with regions that have larger per-capita homeless populations. The Bay Area Council’s Committee on Homelessness brings together diverse regional leaders in business, government, and the non-profit sectors to influence policies aimed at finding scalable solutions to this intergenerational challenge.

2023 Goals

  • Sponsor legislation to speed shelter construction.
  • Sponsor legislation to strengthen Housing Element shelter requirements.
  • Boost regional coordination between cities and counties.
  • Expand AssistHub, an online portal that helps community members find and access public benefits, region-wide.

Get Involved

The Homelessness Committee is open to Bay Area Council members. Upcoming committee meetings can be found on the Council’s calendar of events.

To engage in our legislative advocacy efforts or receive our Housing the Homeless newsletter contact Vice President Adrian Covert (acovert@bayareacouncil.org).

Homelessness Committee Co-Chairs

Tomiquia Moss, Founder and Chief Executive, AllHome
Rob Schiff, Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company
Anu Natarajan, Housing Initiative Lead, Meta

Strategic Partnerships

Dignity Moves

Sponsored Bills

SB 634 Opportunity Housing: use by right: building standards

Author: Becker (San Mateo)

Would streamline the installation of temporary, modular housing or “opportunity homes” on vacant land, providing immediate shelter for thousands of unsheltered homeless individuals.

Read the text of SB 634

Policy Leads

Adrian Covert image
Adrian Covert

Senior Vice President, Public Policy

(415) 946-8746

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