Affordable Housing Policy and Legislation:

Working together, lawmakers and Gov. Brown can turn things around and create a California where hardworking families, children, seniors, veterans and vulnerable residents have a place to call home. Through Assembly Bill 71 (Chiu, D-San Francisco) & Senate Bill 2 (Atkins, D-San Diego) California has the opportunity to invest in proven affordable-home programs, boost the economy and create jobs – all without general fund commitment. California’s affordable-home builders are encouraged that Gov. Brown has committed to work with the Legislature to reduce barriers to construction. To that end, we urge Brown to support Assembly Bill 72 (Santiago, D-Los Angeles) to promote the local accountability needed to ensure plans for affordable homes result in actual places for workers and families to live. Let’s commit to preserve California values of inclusion, health and economic opportunity – by fixing broken policies that deprive too many Californians of a place to call home.

June 2nd: Sacramento, CHC-supported bills that passed their respective houses before the House of Origin:

AB 72 (Santiago), which will strengthen the state’s ability to enforce laws aimed at achieving local housing goals, passed 44-16.

AB 74 (Chiu) would create a “Housing for a Healthy California” Program. The Program would fund rental assistance tied to services dollars included in programs like the Whole Person Care pilot and the Health Home Program. AB 74 is a one-time investment that would decrease Medi-Cal costs resulting from dramatic improvements in clinical outcomes.

AB 1397 (Low) The bill strengthens California’s Housing Element Law by ensuring that the inventories of land provided by local governments is actually suitable for residential development, passed by 41-19.

AB 1404 (Bloom) expands a CEQA infill exemption to include affordable housing projects in unincorporated areas of county, passed by 64-1

AB 1521 (Bloom) will strengthen the state’s Affordable Housing Preservation Law and help ensure that thousands of affordable homes at risk of conversion will be preserved, reduce the displacement of existing low-income residents, and prevent the state’s already large shortage of affordable rental homes from growing, passed by 43-21.

SB 3 (Beall) Affordable Housing Bond Act of 2018 would authorize the issuance of bonds in the amount of $3,000,000,000 pursuant to the State General Obligation Bond Law. The measure will place a statewide $3 billion affordable housing General Obligation bond on Nov 2018 ballot, passed 30-9 with 27 democrats and 3 republicans.

SB 166 (Skinner) will help ensure that local governments maintain an on-going supply of appropriately zoned land to meet the housing needs of the jurisdiction, passed 28-12.

SB 167 (Skinner) will help ensure that local governments approve the projects necessary to meet the housing needs of the jurisdiction, passed the Senate 28-10.

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 […]

CA Housing Organizations Send Letter to Leadership on Components of Package to Ensure an Adequate Supply of Affordable Housing

If there is any “good news” in California’s housing crisis, it is that a problem largely created by state policies also can be solved through state action. With precious few weeks left to adopt a state budget and the legislative year quickly coming to a close, millions of California families who are struggling to pay their rent and more than 130,000 people who are homeless are counting on you to act boldly to drastically increase the supply of affordable homes.

CHC Joins Speaker Rendon & Asm. David Chiu to Highlight Assembly’s Need to Confront CA Housing Crisis

Asm. David Chiu (D-San Francisco) to build legislative momentum for a package of bills to alleviate the housing crisis that is driving Californians into poverty and sending jobs out of state. A recent California Department of Housing and Community Development report points out that insufficient state investment in affordable homes impedes California’s economic growth.

Industry Insight: CHC’s April Newsletter

In this issue:
– A note from our Executive Director Ray Pearl
– #BringCAHome
– 2017 Policy Forum and CA Housing Hall of Fame Awards
– Affordable Housing in the News

CHC co-sponsored AB 1505 (Bloom) passes through first committee

CHC co-sponsored AB 1505 (Bloom), which authorizes jurisdictions to adopt inclusionary zoning ordinances, passed its first hurdle after it was approved, Wednesday 4/5, by the Assembly Committee on Local Government with a vote of 6-3 along partisan lines. The bill now moves on to the Assembly Committee on Housing and Community Development.

CHC Newsletter: March 2017

In this issue…
– A Note From our Executive Director, Ray Pearl
– ICYMI, with important affordable housing legislation updates
– Federal Housing Policy Update from @David Gasson
– Affordable Housing in the News
– Registration for our 20th Anniversary Event (5/11) opens April 3rd!