By Elizabeth Zach, RCAC staff writer

California voters will decide later this year on two significant housing measures that would help the state’s growing homeless population.

One of those is a $2 billion bond measure, which hit a snag in 2016 after some lawmakers argued that the money was initially earmarked for mental health services; not housing. The funding, however, is already included in the state’s budget and Gov. Jerry Brown has said he would approve it.

The second bond measure for$4 billion, would fund low-income and veteran housing.

Housing remains a priority for California lawmakers as most residents find they can barely afford it, particularly after years of stagnated construction. The governor and the state Legislature have also decided to include $500 million in the budget so that cities and counties can provide housing vouchers and shelter construction.

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