Assembly Democrats say addressing the housing affordability crisis is next, but hurdles loom

Addressing California’s housing affordability crisis is the next priority of Assembly Democrats, nine lawmakers said at a Monday press conference at a downtown Sacramento low-income housing complex. Assemblyman David Chiu (D-San Francisco) said that after legislators passed a major transportation funding package earlier this month, housing was the state’s most significant unresolved issue. “Like transportation, […]

There are 130 housing bills in the California Legislature. What will the state do?

The state’s tight housing market has led to rising home prices, soaring rents and rampant tenant displacement. With more than 130 housing-related bills in the Legislature, state lawmakers are seeking to address the widening crisis. The bills range from proposals to streamline the permitting process for new development, impose new fees on real estate transactions […]

CA Economic Summit assesses progress towards One Million Homes Challenge in letter to Legislature and Governor

CHC signed on to a letter from the CA Economic Summit assessing the progress toward the One Million Homes Challenge in the 2017-18 legislative session. While over 100 housing bills have been introduced, offering a dizzying array of potential solutions, the question remains: Are these initial proposals focused on the right issues and will these efforts be […]

Key Measure (SB2) Clears Second Hurdle in Senate

Sacramento, CA – Today’s approval today of SB 2 by the Senate Governance and Finance Committee signifies an important step to beginning to address California’s devastating housing shortage. The Senate Transportation and Housing committee approved the measure last month. “SB 2 is an important measure to begin to right the ship in California after years […]

Assembly Committee Moves to Fix Backwards Housing Policy with AB 71 Vote

Sacramento, CA – The California Housing Consortium applauds the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee’s approval today of AB 71 (Chiu). The bill advanced through the committee after a vote of 5-2. The Bring California Home Act is crucial for California to invest in alleviating a housing affordability crisis that drives jobs out of state and […]

California’s Affordable Housing Crisis Must Be Addressed: Op-Ed published in SacBee by CHC Executive Director Ray Pearl

CHC Executive Director Ray Pearl was featured in today’s Sacramento Bee. His op-ed calls for a renewed commitment from California leaders to the values of inclusion, equity and opportunity by fixing Californias broken housing policies to ensure that all Californians have a safe place to live. “It’s clear that without action at the state level, […]

Rapid response to Jerry Brown’s budget plan tries to sway final deal

Ray Pearl, executive director of the California Housing Consortium, which advocates for affordable homes: “California leaders have made a commitment to defend our state’s ideals of inclusion and opportunity, yet the budget released today allows an unprecedented housing crisis to continue taking a human and economic toll that undermines these values. “Despite the state’s Department of Housing and Community Development acknowledging that too little housing investment impedes economic growth, today’s budget offers no new investment to jump-start affordable home construction and improve our worst-in-the-nation poverty ranking.”

California’s housing affordability problems ‘as bad as they’ve ever been in the state’s history,’ housing director says

2017 is the year California must solve its housing crisis

Addressing the state’s housing crisis