Hello Housing California Supporter,
End of Session Legislative Updates
the norm for the end of legislative session, much is happening quickly with
only two days remaining before the 2011-12 session adjourns for good. The
following are point-in-time updates for some of the major bills Housing
California is working on.
AB 345 (Torres) passed the Assembly this morning with strong
bi-partisan support and is on its way to Governor Brown. This late-blooming
measure contains the provisions of last year's SB 450 (Lowenthal) to reform the rules governing local agencies' spending of housing
dollars under the new version of redevelopment created by SB 1156 (Steinberg). Our position: Support
AB 1585 (Pérez) has been amended to remove a provision giving priority for
Infill Infrastructure Grant Program funding to projects that previously
received an award. Nehemiah Corporation sought this provision to assist its
Township 9 development in Sacramento. The bill is on the Senate floor. Our position: Our Board will consider next week
the Senate passed AB 1699 (Torres) on a 22-9 vote. The bill
would set uniform rules for the state Department of Housing and Community
Development to restructure old loans for developments needing significant rehabilitation.
The Assembly will vote to concur in the Senate amendments this week. Our position: Support
1951 (Atkins), which will allocate $30 million for the Multifamily
Housing Program, passed the Legislature on August 27th and is heading to the
governor's desk. AB 1951 would transfer monies from unutilized programs in the
Affordable Housing Innovation Fund to provide a much-needed infusion for
affordable multifamily development.
- Take Action: With so few resources out there for
affordable-home development, we need your support to convince Governor Brown to
sign AB 1951 into law. Please take a moment to support AB 1951 using this
Unfortunately, AB 2266 (Mitchell), which would have required the state to apply for an Affordable
Care Act option to fund supportive housing and housing location services for
homeless, frequent emergency-room users, was ultimately held upon the author's
request and will not come up for a final vote in the Legislature.
number of factors entered into Assemblymember Mitchell's decision, not the
least of which was the state Department of Health Care Services' final decision
yesterday to oppose the bill, despite the author's close work with the department
to address each of their concerns. While the bill would likely have passed the
Legislature, the department's opposition would have likely resulted in a veto
of a bill that already included many compromises. Mitchell continues to be
committed to addressing the needs of the most vulnerable Medi-Cal
beneficiaries, and we hope the bill will be revived next year.
late addition, Senator Leno amended his SB
77 to allow the state Department of Housing and Community
Development to reduce the interest rate on loans for rental developments to 0
percent if the sponsor can prove it has no other debt payments and the interest-rate
reduction is needed to allow the project to qualify for Low Income Housing Tax
Credits. The bill will benefit small projects with very low rents -- typically urban, special-needs
developments or rural developments with market rents. The bill passed the
Assembly on August 24th and awaits a vote on the Senate floor. Our position: Our Board will consider next week
Yesterday, the Assembly passed SB 1156 (Steinberg), on a 50-27 vote, to
authorize local governments to use tax-increment financing for a variety of
community development purposes, including affordable-home development. Our position: Board will consider next week
information on all bills can be found on the legislative counsel's website.
Contact: Zack Olmstead, 916.447.0503 x108 or email@example.com or Julie Snyder, 916.447.0503 x102 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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