Brown, Calif. Lawmakers Agree To Work On Affordable Housing Plan

Ray Pearl with the California Housing Consortium, an affordable housing advocacy group,  says it’s encouraging to see Brown on board after rejecting other funding proposals. He says the state desperately needs a new plan. “The state used to invest over $1 billion annually into affordable housing throughout the state and that money has trickled to […]

CHC Issues Response to Governor & Leadership’s Housing Announcement

SACRAMENTO (7.17) – Ray Pearl, Executive Director of the California Housing Consortium, released the following statement in response to today’s announcement by Governor Brown, Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon that the Legislature will address California’s housing crisis and needs upon their return from summer recess: “We appreciate the […]

California housing crisis spurring lawmakers into action

“California has been in the midst of a housing crisis for years, and I think what gets us where we are today is a general feeling that the crisis has moved to a catastrophe,” said Ray Pearl, executive director of the California Housing Consortium. “The catastrophe is real. There are low-income Californians on the brink […]

Climate change talks provide ‘tension’ for housing deal, California lawmaker says

Sacramento Bee (7.13) California lawmakers are hoping to reach a deal to address the state’s widening housing crisis next week, and negotiations could be tied to the cap-and-trade extension sought by Gov. Jerry Brown, Democratic leaders of both houses hinted Wednesday.

Affordable housing crisis grips California

According to a 2015 report by the California Housing Consortium, one in five San Francisco County residents and one in three Los Angeles County residents spend more than half their income on rent. “The large volume of bills introduced is a step toward intervention in the crisis,” Ray Pearl, the executive director of the California Housing […]

AB 71 Ending Tax Break on Second, Vacation Homes Clears Key Assembly Committee

Sacramento, CA – The California Housing Consortium (CHC) applauds the Assembly Tax and Revenue Committee’s approval today of AB71 (Chiu) by a vote of 7-2. The Bring California Home Act, A CHC-Sponsored bill, is a critical investment in easing the state’s housing affordability crisis that is hammering every community across the state. “Decisions at the […]

CHC in DC 2017  

On March 21 and 22, a delegation of CHC Board-members traveled to Washington DC to advocate for important federal funding for affordable housing, including THUD funding, and S. 548 & H.R. 1661 (The Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act of 2017). CHC participated in 22 scheduled meetings with: The offices of both CA Senators The offices […]

Federal Housing Policy Outlook – 2017 & Beyond: Event Recap

Since the 16′ election in November, many have been considering what a Trump Administration might mean for housing policy and practice in the next four years. Last Tuesday, California Housing Consortium and the Terner Center for Housing Innovation welcomed over 100 people to Oakland to explore this question in a  panel discussion titled, Federal Policy […]

CHC’s 2016 Policy Forum & Housing Hall of Fame Awards

CHC welcomed our largest crowd ever at this year’s Policy Forum & Housing Hall of Fame Awards on May 12. Over three hundred affordable housing leaders spent the day at the beautiful Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in Santa Monica. The program featured insightful housing experts, an engaging crowd sourcing panel with knowledgeable and diverse panelists from across the state and acknowledging six heroes in our field who have made a substantial contribution towards advancing affordable housing throughout California.

Affordable Housing and CEQA: How can we meet both environmental and housing development goals?

CHC held its first policy event of the year on January 13. Partnering with the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and sponsored by Blach Construction, Affordable Housing and CEQA: How can we meet both environmental and housing development goals?, brought together members of the development, building, business, and public sectors to explore how environmental and housing […]