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 […]

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.


Sacramento, CA (July 7th) – The California Housing Consortium (CHC) applauds the Senate’s approval today of Senate Bill 2 (Atkins) by vote of 27-12, the Building Homes and Jobs Act is a much-anticipated intervention to ease the state’s affordable housing crisis. The Building Homes and Jobs Act would establish a permanent funding source for affordable […]

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 […]

Industry Insight – CHC’s June Newsletter

This month’s edition of Industry Insight includes:
-A note from our Executive Director Ray Pearl
-A Call to Action
-In Case You Missed it
-A Federal Policy Update from David Gasson
-Affordable Housing in the News
-Spotlight on New Development

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 […]