Modesto area renters pinched; why it could get worse

Christine Thompson – who works as a registered dental assistant – said she looked at about two dozen places before finding her current apartment in central Modesto. “I want to say it’s rough,” she said about finding housing. “If you find something affordable, it’s not in a good area. When you do find something, everyone […]

Poll Reveals Strong Support for Large Affordable Housing Bond

Treasurer Chiang & affordable housing advocates release polling results, call on Governor Brown and Legislative leaders to ‘Think Big’ as they work on housing package. Amid Californian’s mounting concern over rising homelessness and out-of-reach rents, California State Treasurer John Chiang and a coalition of affordable housing advocates, including the California Housing Consortium, today released the […]

California lawmakers headed home without addressing housing

Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers insisted, however, that trying to solve the world’s problems won’t keep them from facing California’s, promising to take up housing as soon as the Legislature returns from its summer recess in a month. With the state’s vast shortage of homes inflating prices and rents, overwhelming highways and transit, and populating […]

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 […]

Gov. Jerry Brown says the state’s housing crisis is his next priority, but reaching a deal won’t be easy

Ray Pearl, executive director of the California Housing Consortium, said he is disappointed that lawmakers, after a recent history of failed housing legislation, again put off a decision. But he’s encouraged that it’s now the top priority. “We’ve seen that when there is legislative and gubernatorial leadership, the two-thirds hurdle is high but not insurmountable,” Pearl […]

Assembly Democrats Release Statement on Affordable Housing

Statement on Affordable Housing For Immediate Release: July 17, 2017 The Assemblymembers listed below today issued the following statement on the effort to address California’s housing affordability crisis: “Today’s affordable housing commitment by Governor Brown, Speaker Rendon, and Senate President pro Tempore de León is welcome news for all Californians who are suffering from crushing rents and unreachable […]

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.

Tim O’Connell, beloved affordable housing advocate passes away

Tim O’Connell, our beloved friend and colleague, passed away on July 4. Tim was a shining light, a great storyteller, and a tireless advocate seeking social justice for the less fortunate. While we mourn his loss, we are so very thankful that we had the opportunity to know and work with him for close to […]