Housing California

Shaping narrative, building power, and changing policy to end homelessness and create affordable homes for all.

Speak Out

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Let’s advance bold, structural change today for a better California tomorrow!

News

Housing CA Co-sponsors AB 1703

CONTACT:  Lawrence Mason III, Housing California/Spitfire Strategies lawrence@spitfirestrategies.com, (504) 616-3103 Juhi Khemani, Council of...

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Learn About the Issues That We Care About

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Homelessness

Did you know?

More than 160,000 people in California — from all walks of life — experience homelessness on any given night, and a series of systemic and social factors lead them there. People who are couch-surfing or living in an RV are still experiencing homelessness; they do not have a home to call their own.

Learn more about homelessness in California

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Housing Affordability

Did you know?

In California, renters currently need to earn nearly 3 times the state minimum wage to afford average asking rents, but with 18.2% or approximately 40 million Californians suffering from poverty, those struggling the most cannot bridge the gap.

Learn about affordable housing in California

“As the premier state-wide convener on affordable housing and homelessness,
Housing California has representation from across sectors. Its board includes developers, health, labor, advocacy, and services to the homeless, ensuring that varied housing needs, challenges, and solutions are elevated; ultimately leading to more inclusive and impactful decisions than ever before.”

Arnulfo Manriquez

President and Chief Executive Officer, MAAC

The Work

Tackling California’s housing crisis is a multi-pronged endeavor; for Housing California, it involves shaping the narrative around homelessness and affordable housing, communicating the solutions to state legislature, and building multi-sector coalitions.

“Housing California has brought together different constituencies and moved them toward a common goal. It’s a complicated endeavor but a powerful one.”

Shamus Roller

Executive Director, National Housing Law Project
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Systemic racial injustice, a widening wealth gap, and a shortage of homes people can afford are affecting our livelihoods and threatening what we love about California. Learn about the creation of our bold long-term plan to create the future we all want for California – our Roadmap Home 2030.

To end the state’s housing crisis, people who live in affordable housing across California must drive the conversation about affordable housing policy. We are more powerful when we are organized, and so we invite you to RUN with us!
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“The time is now. Not to react to just the moment we are in with crisis or Band-Aid solutions, but to seriously use the evidence base to drive real change in California.”

Lisa Hershey

Executive Director, Housing California

JOIN US in securing homes, health and wealth for ALL CALIFORNIANS