CONTACT: Ruben Lizalde, Chief of Staff
SAN ANTONIO (March 10, 2020) – The National League of Cities (NLC) is bringing together local officials from multiple federal advocacy committees and membership councils to form the Joint Committee on Homelessness. The Joint Committee on Homelessness will address multiple factors associated with homelessness including housing, health, and public safety. The Committee will help support and champion NLC’s policy and advocacy goals to address these issues.
“I’m honored that NLC asked me to be part of a new Joint Committee on Homelessness that will be working towards reducing homelessness and its underlying causes.” said Councilwoman Viagran “I will be representing San Antonio on the panel on homelessness at the Congressional City Conference next week. I will be joining Mayor Cassie Franklin from Everett, WA, and the DC Chief of Police Peter Newsham in a conversation moderated by Nan Roman from National Alliance to End Homelessness.”
Joe Buscaino, President Pro Tempore, Los Angeles City Council and President, National League of Cities, is calling on our nation’s elected officials to lead with urgency to end homelessness. His call builds on NLC’s Leading Together 2020 Cities Agenda that urges every Presidential candidate to commit to working with local leaders toward the goal of ending housing instability and homelessness.
“Homelessness is THE issue affecting my city, county and state, just as it is for countless communities across the country,” said Joe Buscaino, President Pro Tempore, Los Angeles City Council and President, National League of Cities. “I want to thank Councilmember Rebecca Viagran for her commitment to serve on the newly formed National League of Cities Joint Committee on Homelessness. This is a growing national crisis that needs a multi-sector approach to solve, and I look forward to working alongside local leaders to develop real, urgent solutions.”
The Joint Committee first convened at the annual Congressional City Conference, America’s largest legislative conference for local leaders, which is taking place March 8-11 in Washington, D.C. This week, local officials will hear directly from policymakers and thought leaders, discover the latest funding opportunities to support economic growth and learn emerging practices to strengthen local communities. The conference will culminate with a visit to Capitol Hill on Wednesday, March 11. NLC will coordinate meetings for local officials to discuss their community needs with representatives from their congressional districts.