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 […]

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 […]

LA prepares for 600,000 applicants to subsidized housing program; only a fraction will get help

In yet another sign of L.A.’s growing poverty and lack of low-income housing, local officials are preparing for a torrent of applications when they open up the wait-list for federal housing aid later this year. The city stopped taking applications for Section 8 housing over a decade ago because there were too many people already waiting […]

Housing crisis? What California has is a housing catastrophe

We do a lot of talking about the housing crisis in this state. But I’m beginning to think the word “crisis” isn’t strong enough to convey just how alarmed every Californian should be that the cost of meeting a basic necessity of life – you know, shelter – is devouring entire communities with no signs […]