From Thoughts and Prayers to Action –
A Statement from Our Executive Director
Housing California’s staff and board share in the sorrow over the recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery—and in the goals laid out by the Movement for Black Lives to prevent another single Black victim of racism and white supremacy.
5/13/20 Letter to the Legislature
News and Updates
Response to Trailer Bill Language on Housing First for Sober Living Homes
Housing California with coalition partners deliver a letter calling upon legislators to reaffirm their commitment to Housing First. You can find our statement here.
Budget Request for California COVID Rehousing & Resiliency Innovation Fund
Our response to the Governor’s proposed budget ensures 100% of persons who came inside to Project Roomkey are not forced back to the street.
Coalition Budget Request to Address Homelessness
Housing California, along with cities, counties, providers, and advocates across California released a budget letter requesting ongoing funding to meet the scale of the need of the homeless crisis in California on March 6th. You can find the letter here.
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2020 Conference Rescheduled
You'll be in good company: view Our Members. With your support in 2018, advocacy by Housing California and the Residents United Network resulted in:
The passage of Proposition 1 – the $4 billion Veterans and Affordable Housing Act and Proposition 2 – the $2 billion No Place Like Home Act.
The passage of 5 bills that work to end youth homelessness, support the development of permanent supportive housing, and advance renters' rights and protections.
An allocation of $770 million in the 2018 state budget toward homelessness solutions.
Elevating the importance of funding for affordable homes and homelessness during the 2018 gubernatorial campaign.
Statement on Recommendations of Governor Newsom’s Task Force
Housing California Executive Director, Lisa Hershey issued a statement in response to the recommendations laid out by Governor Newsom's task force on homelessness. You can read it here.
Housing California in the News
CalMatters: Housing, homelessness funds mostly spared in proposed budget cuts
In the revised budget proposal from Gov. Gavin Newsom, affordable housing and homelessness dollars were mostly spared. “We are very encouraged to see the governor continue to prioritize housing and homelessness resources,” said Chris Martin, legislative advocate for the nonprofit advocacy group Housing California.
Christopher Martin, a legislative advocate with Housing California, applauded the governor’s efforts amid the pandemic. But he cautioned that for hotels to get up and running quicker, local governments will need more funding to provide mental health, addiction and other services residents need.
Executive Director of Housing California Lisa Hershey told HousingWire that this project began in 2016, and they are armed with a heavily detailed action plan. “We recognized what we needed to do to build momentum and that’s what we began in the fall of last year,” Hershey said. “We raised the funds to get the support for what we needed, and we started activating both the policy advisory and the research advisory committee at the beginning of this year.”
“The solutions and numbers may feel very big, and even overwhelming, but this is the scale of the problem,” said David Zisser, the associate director of the affordable housing advocacy group Housing California. “I suspect that $2.5 trillion is probably about right.”
Chris Martin, legislative advocate on homelessness for the nonprofit Housing California, called the governor’s actions “ambitious and exciting.” He said he was particularly pleased with the governor’s proposal to use some of the proposed $750 million to pay for rental assistance for homeless people.
“California gets big things done when we work together. To do that, we need to be organized and coordinated-and when it comes to ending homelessness, that is crucial now more than ever" said Christopher Martin, Legislative Advocate, Housing California.