Assemblyman Ken Cooley Applauds Governor’s Effort to Combat Homelessness

Thursday, January 9, 2020

RANCHO CORDOVA – Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) announced today his support for Governor Gavin Newsom’s comprehensive plan to reduce homelessness in California.

Governor Newsom has proposed a $1.4 billion plan to combat homelessness in California by allocating money to help pay rents, build more affordable housing, construct more shelters, and expand services. Governor Newsom has also directed agencies to locate public land that can be utilized for emergency shelters.

“In my Assembly District, we have several supportive housing communities, including the Mather Veterans Village and the Mather Community Campus, on the site of the former Mather Air Force Base,” said Assemblyman Cooley. “I know from my experience in Rancho Cordova that when you provide housing and then place supportive services around that housing, it is very compatible with outstanding community life. I applaud Governor Newsom for staking out a leading role on this issue.”

Assemblyman Cooley has long been committed to advocating for people experiencing homelessness. His service in the League of California Cities included serving as its 1st Vice President. He also chaired the organization’s Housing, Community, and Economic Development Committee; and when he was on the League Board, he chaired the League’s homelessness working group. In the State Assembly beginning in 2013, he served as a member of the Select Committee on Homelessness. Furthermore, he authored legislation in 2015 to increase funding for “rapid rehousing” services, and has supported nearly every piece of affordable housing and homelessness legislation before him during his seven years in the State Assembly.

“Housing and homelessness are crises in our State, and we must not let our fears or apprehensions undermine our confident belief in a better future for all Californians,” said Assemblyman Cooley. “Instead, we must bring confidence to the conversation and then add the full resources needed to properly meet this challenge, including evidence-backed solutions and partnerships between state agencies, local governments, and private organizations.”

Continuing, he said: “Since December 1977, I have had the following John Wesley quote on the wall as a guide to my work,

‘Do All The Good You Can

By All The Means You Can

In All The Ways You Can

In All The Places You Can

At All The Times You Can

To All The People You Can

As Long As You Ever Can’

I still measure my life by this standard. I am proud to support my Governor who shares this vision.”

Ken and his wife Sydney have been married for 43 years and have made the east Sacramento County community of Rancho Cordova their home since 1977. Both his sons live there with their wives and children. Ken is a licensed attorney who graduated from McGeorge School of Law in 1984 and is a 1977 graduate of U.C. Berkeley.

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