L.A. County Homelessness Jumps a ‘Staggering’ 23% As Need Far Outpaces Housing, New Count Shows

Los Angeles Times – Los Angeles County’s homeless population has soared 23% over last year despite increasing success in placing people in housing, according to the latest annual count released Wednesday. The sharp rise, to nearly 58,000, suggested that the pathway into homelessness continues to outpace intensifying efforts that — through rent subsidies, new construction, outreach […]

California bill: $75 fee would help fund affordable housing

Refinancing or changing the title on your home soon? Well, a new bill in the state Legislature would add a $75 fee to these real estate recording documents. SB 2 would establish an affordable housing trust fund using the fee revenue, which is capped at $225 — in other words, three pages.  “All in all, throughout Sacramento […]

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 […]

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 […]

Governor’s Revised Budget Proposal Ignores State’s Housing Crisis

Sacramento, CA – The California Housing Consortium released the following statement from Executive Director Ray Pearl on Governor Jerry Brown’s revised budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2017-2018: “California has made a bold commitment to protect the health and well-being of our residents from federal action that undermines these priorities, so it is deeply disappointing to […]

Affordable housing drying up across Bay Area, report finds

Skyrocketing rents, shrinking incomes and severe cuts in state- and federal-government support for affordable housing have made it far harder for lower-income Bay Area residents to find a place to live, according to a report being released Friday. http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Affordable-housing-drying-up-across-Bay-Area-11122543.php

‘Housing crisis’ tops state’s legislative agenda this year

The Orange County Register – Despite obstacles, Ray Pearl, executive director of the Los Angeles County-based California Housing Consortium, believes 2017 will be the year the state gets its act together and addresses its housing problems. The recent passage of a massive funding bill for road repairs shows the governor and Legislature are capable of […]

Survey shows impact of costly L.A. housing on employer-employee relationship

The high cost of housing is adding to Los Angeles employers’ challenge of retaining employees. That’s according to the new report and survey, “The Affordable Housing Crisis in Los Angeles: An Employer Perspective,” issued recently by the Los Angeles Business Council Institute (LABC).

New website offers tools to solve housing crisis and #BringCAHome

California Economic Summit —  With so many news headlines about skyrocketing rents, the housing crisis has become a well-known hazard to life in California, like earthquakes or wildfires. But when you consider that 1 in 3 families are barely making their rent each month and our economy is suffering under the burden of the super-inflated […]