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.

Read the entire statement here...


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.

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Formal Response to May Revision of
State Budget

Housing California shares its perspective on the recent revision of the state budget. You can find our statement here.

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

Become a Member or Sponsor Today!

You'll be in good company: view Our MembersWith 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

May 2020

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.

April 2020

CalMatters: Nearly 900 placed into hotels, motels — a fraction of California’s homeless

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.

March 2020

Housing Wire: Advocacy group Housing California announces new affordable housing plan

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.”

February 2020

Mercury News: Housing, wildfires, big tech: Here’s how White House candidates would tackle California’s biggest issues

“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.”


January 2020

Capital Public Radio: ‘A Real Emergency’: Newsom Issues Executive Order To Use State Land, Travel Trailers, Hospitals For California Homeless Crisis

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.

East County Today: Assemblywoman Luz Rivas Introduces Legislation to Create the First Ever State Office on Homelessness

“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.


A California in which no one is homeless and everyone can afford a safe, stable place to call home in a healthy and vibrant community.

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Sacramento, CA 95814

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