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 […]

An Unceasing Housing Crisis

California’s housing crisis isn’t easing anytime soon. That’s the message from the latest Anderson forecast, a quarterly economic analysis from UCLA. Projections show that rents will continue to surge, especially for low- and moderate-income people in coastal areas of California, and that home prices will continue to spiral out of reach for first-time home buyers. […]

Trump’s plan to cut public housing is a mistake for America

The 2018 budget that President Trump proposed serves as the starting point for negotiations about programs central to our nation’s success. While funding increases for security and defense are understandable given our nation’s security needs, the budget unnecessarily burdens low-income families by ignoring our nation’s severe affordable housing shortage and offering no valid policy reasons […]

Think rent is high in California? Here’s why it probably will get higher

Housing advocates and tenants’ rights groups say the governor and state lawmakers are ignoring one of the biggest problems in California. “It’s shameful that they’re headed on summer recess without doing anything to address what has turned from a crisis to a housing catastrophe,” said Ray Pearl, executive director of the California Housing Consortium, an […]

California Counties Lead List of Most Expensive Jurisdictions in Nation

New National Report Finds Affordable Housing out of Reach for Most Workers (June 8) California counties lead the list of most expensive rental housing jurisdictions in the nation, according to a new national report released today by the National Low Income Housing Coalition. Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda, and Contra Costa Counties […]

National Low Income Housing Coalition Releases the 2017 ‘Out of Reach’ Report Detailing the Unaffordability of Housing in America, Especially in California

If you make the minimum wage in California, you have to work 118 hours per week just to be able to afford the rent and utilities on a modest two-bedroom apartment. CA’s housing situation is dire, as the report finds 7/10 US counties with least affordable rental homes are in CA. We need legislation to increase […]

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

Sacramento, CA – The California Housing Consortium (CHC) applauds the Assembly Appropriations Committee’s approval today (5/26) of AB71 (Chiu) and AB 72 (Santiago). Both measures are critical to jumpstarting affordable housing production and easing the housing crisis ravaging the state. “We are encouraged by the actions taken today by the Assembly Appropriations Committee, and the […]

SB 2 Funding Affordable Housing Passes Senate Appropriations Committee

Sacramento, CA – The California Housing Consortium (CHC) applauds the Senate Appropriations Committee’s approval today of SB 2 (Atkins). The Building Homes and Jobs Act creates an ongoing funding source to create affordable housing without having a state general fund impact. “With the harsh reminder again just this week that the five-county Southern California region alone needs […]

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 […]

State legislature must pass AB 71 to address affordable housing crisis

UCLA alumni, CHC Executive Director Ray Pearl with CHC Policy Director Marina Wiant co-authored an op-ed that ran in today’s Daily Bruin. It calls on the state’s legislators to match the ingenuity of UCLA students by doing their part and investing in affordable housing. Read full version here: UCLA Daily Bruin Op-ed: State legislature must […]