Mayor Garcetti proposes 2021-2022 City budget, the most progressive spending plan in L.A.’s history
Mayor Eric Garcetti today proposed his budget for the 2021-2022 fiscal year, a Justice Budget that makes record-breaking investments in L.A.’s recovery from the pandemic, and lays out a bold, progressive vision for a more just, equitable, and resilient city.
The spending plan includes a billion dollars to help advance racial and economic justice across the city, nearly $800 million to confront the homelessness crisis, and around $150 million to help Angelenos recover from the economic devastation caused by COVID-19.
“This budget is more than a financial document — it’s a dynamic roadmap to a city built on justice and equity,” said Mayor Garcetti. “Our budget heeds Angelenos’ advocacy, activism, and aspirations to restore what we love best about Los Angeles, and reinvest in our services, infrastructure, racial justice, and the largest-ever single commitment to homelessness solutions in our City.”
The budget plan includes the City’s largest-ever investment to confront the homelessness crisis at $791 million, which more than doubles its current spending. The breakdown includes:
In total, with carryover state and federal funding from last year included, the City is projected to spend $955 million to confront the homelessness crisis.
“The Mayor's proposed budget provides the funds necessary to address the City's continuing homeless crisis and the needs of various communities across the city," said Councilmember Paul Krekorian, chair of the Budget and Finance Committee. "At the same time, it builds historic reserves to prepare us for further uncertainty and economic volatility during the pandemic, which is critical as we continue to grapple with its effects on local revenue and public health."
The 2021-22 budget is strengthened by $777 million in spending from the American Rescue Plan. Mayor Garcetti advocated aggressively for this funding over the past year to lift up Angelenos hit hardest by the pandemic, and this spending blueprint puts those dollars to work with $151 million going to equity and justice programs; $281 million for homeless services; $282 million to restore vital services; and $64 million for COVID response and recovery.
Other key components of Mayor Garcetti’s budget include:
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