Our Positions on California Bills & Budget Asks


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Legislative Budget Proposals

At the beginning of the 2017 legislative session, Housing California and our partner homelessness advocates worked with you to encourage our leaders to support two budget asks: Housing for a Healthy California and the Homeless Youth Advocacy and Housing Program.


June 16, 2017 Update: Neither new program made it into the final budget. 


October 15, 2017 Update: Governor Brown signed Housing for a Healthy California (AB 74), which will be funded through the National Housing Trust Fund money that comes to the state annually (approximately $20 million). The Homeless Youth and Advocacy Program (AB 1406) is a two-year bill and will potentially be taken up in 2018.

Homelessness and Public Benefits

2017 Sponsored Priorities 

Signed: AB 74: Housing for a Healthy California (Chiu)


  • Problem: Homelessness often creates a circuit, where those experiencing it long enough cycle through living on the streets, emergency rooms, hospital stays, jails, and nursing homes. This circuit is expensive to our public systems. Individuals experiencing homelessness cost our public systems an average of $2,897 per month, two-thirds of which is incurred through the health system.  Although these individuals may receive medical and social services, without the stability of housing, they're usually unable to follow regimens and make choices that make services effective.

  • Solution: AB 74, identical to the 2016 bill AB 2821, creates a Rental Assistance Program that would allow thousands of Californians to exit the cycle of homelessness (and this "circuit") by linking services with housing. Housing gives people the stability to stick to a medical regimen, keep in contact with a primary care doctor, and live a healthy lifestyle that will help keep them housed and reduce the expensive costs to our public systems. AB 74 goes one step further, by collecting data to track costs and benefits of moving a person from the street into housing.

  • Our Position: SPONSOR and SUPPORT

  • Lead Advocate: Tyrone Buckley

  • Fact Sheet

  • Sample Support Letter 

AB 1406: Homeless Youth Advocacy and Housing Program (Gloria and Chiu)

  • Problem: Most of the nation's unaccompanied homeless youth live on the streets of California (28% or more than 10,000), but that is only according to the state's Point-in-Time surveys. A study conducted by the California State University system found that one in 10 of their students - approximately 46,000 - experience homelessness.

  • Solution: AB 1406 creates the Homeless Youth Advocacy and Housing Program under the California Department of Housing and Community Development to administer grants to Continuums of Care (CoCs) that fund housing- and advocacy-related services for youth experiencing homelessness. Building off the groundwork laid through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program, AB 1406 requires CoCs to create a local plan to reduce youth homelessness (age 25 and under) that offers housing opportunities and advocacy services related to foster care, CalWORKs, and disability benefits. The program would be funded through a $15 million continuous general fund appropriation.


  • Lead Advocate: Tyrone Buckley

  • Fact Sheet

  • Sample Support Letter 

2017 Supported Bills


Signed: SB 219: LGBT Long-Term Care Facility Residents' Bill of Rights (Wiener): This bill makes it unlawful, on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or HIV status, for a long-term care facility to refuse to use a resident’s preferred name or pronoun, to deny admission to a facility, to transfer a resident within a facility or to another facility, or to evict a resident from a facility.

AB 42: Bail Reform (Bonta): This bill would reduce the number of people detained pretrial, while addressing racial and economic disparities in the pretrial system, to ensure that people are not held in pretrial detention simply because of their inability to afford money bail.

Signed: AB 236: CalWORKS Housing Assistance (Maienschein): This bill expands access to CalWORKs homeless assistance to families with children in out-of-home placement that are receiving reunification services and that the county determines homeless assistance is necessary for reunification to occur. The bill also increases the cash assistance for a family of 4 from $65 to $85 and increases the daily maximum to $145. The bill deletes the requirement that the assistance be used in consecutive calendar days.

AB 423: Residential Hotel Protections (Bonta): This bill would protect one of Oakland's most vulnerable communities that live in what are commonly referred to as residential or single-room occupancy (SRO) hotels by giving the City of Oakland the ability to regulate and protects SRO residents from eviction.

Land Use and Finance

2017 Sponsored Priorities

AB 71: Bring California Home Act (Chiu)


  • Problem:  The largest investment that the state makes on housing is through the mortgage interest deduction. Yet, the mortgage interest deduction disproportionately benefits those with higher incomes and larger mortgages, and can be used for second and vacation homes. To qualify for a mortgage interest deduction, a taxpayer must itemize deductions, which low- and moderate- income homeowners typically do not do. The estimated impact of the vacation home mortgage interest deduction on the general fund was $360 million in 2016-17. 

  • Solution: AB 71 provides an ongoing state funding source for affordable housing by eliminating the state mortgage interest deduction on vacation homes. This deduction results in a revenue loss to the state of approximately $300 million annually.  The funds saved as a result of eliminating the deduction would then increase the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program by $300 million per year.

  • Our position: SPONSOR AND SUPPORT

  • Lead advocate: Tyrone Buckley

  • Fact Sheet

  • Sample Support Letter

Signed: SB 2: Building Homes and Jobs Act (Atkins)

  • Problem:  Increased and ongoing public funding for affordable homes -- for rentals and homeownership -- is critical to stabilize the state during the greatest housing crisis faced by typical California families. If developers know that there is a sustainable source of funding, they will take on the risk that comes with development — and create a reliable pipeline of well-paying construction jobs in the process.

  • Solution: SB 2 would enact the Building Homes and Jobs Act, generating hundreds of millions of dollars annually for affordable housing through a $75 fee (capped at $225) on real estate recorded documents, excluding those documents associated with real estate sales.

  • Our position: SPONSOR AND SUPPORT

  • Lead advocate: Tyrone Buckley

  • Fact Sheet

  • Sample Support Letter

Signed: AB 1505: Inclusionary Zoning (Bloom)

  • Problem: Local governments have lost a vital tool to address the lack of affordable rental homes, especially in high-opportunity neighborhoods, effectively excluding people with low incomes. Families who would otherwise have access to opportunity and be able to lift themselves out of poverty remain held down, without access to good schools, jobs, and healthy communities.

  • Solution: This bill would authorize a city, county, or city and county to adopt ordinances to require, as a condition of development of residential rental homes, that the development include a certain percentage of affordable rental homes.


  • Lead Advocate: Tyrone Buckley

2017 Supported Bills

Signed: SB 3: Affordable Housing Bond Act of 2018 (Beall)


  • Problem:  One of the biggest challenges faced by affordable developers is the lack of funding to build affordable apartments. In just the past 8 years, public investment in affordable development has plummeted 66 percent -- including more than $1 billion/year that vanished when California's redevelopment agencies were dissolved.

  • Solution: SB 3 would enact the Affordable Housing Bond Act of 2018, would authorize the issuance of bonds in the amount of $4 billion.


AB 181: Renters' Credit (Lackey): This bill increases the renters’ credit from $120 to $240 for married couples filing joint returns, heads of household, and surviving spouses if adjusted gross income is $100,000 or less (increase from $50,000).  This bill increases the renters’ credit from $60 to $120 for individuals if adjusted gross income is $50,000 or less (up from $25,000).

Signed: SB 166: Housing Element – No Net Loss (Skinner): SB 166 would amend the existing No Net Loss Zoning Law to better ensure that, when sites identified for housing in a jurisdiction’s housing element develop with fewer units than were anticipated or at a higher income level or with no housing at all, the jurisdiction continues to maintain an ongoing supply of sites available to meet the unmet need for housing for all income levels.

Signed: AB 1397: Housing Element - Siting (Low): AB 1397 would strengthen state Housing Element Law by limiting the reliance of local governments in meeting their Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) obligations on sites that do not have a realistic capacity for housing development, including sites that are too small or too large, sites that have been recycled across multiple Housing Elements, and sites not served by water and wastewater.

Signed: SB 136: MPRROP – Technical Assistance (Leyva): SB 136 would create a technical assistance set-aside in the Mobile Home Park Resident Ownership and Rehabilitation (MPRROP) program aimed at nonprofit corporations that have significant experience representing or working with mobile home park residents, or acquiring, rehabilitating, and preserving affordable housing, and have statewide or regional capacity to deliver technical assistance to mobile home park residents or community-based nonprofit corporations in order to assist them in acquiring, financing, operating, and improving mobile home parks occupied by low- and moderate-income households.

Signed: AB 1521:  Land Use - Affordable Housing Preservation (Bloom): This bill would change the existing Preservation Notice Law by requiring owners of expiring affordable rental properties to accept any market-rate purchase offer from a qualified preservation entity that intends to maintain the property’s affordability restrictions. The bill additionally requires the Department of Housing and Community Development to monitor compliance with the law and allows affected tenants and local governments the right to enforce the law.

AB 686: Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (Santiago): This bill would reinforce California’s commitment to fair and equal housing by requiring public agencies to administer their programs in a manner that affirmatively furthers fair housing.


Other bills signed by Governor Jerry Brown as part of housing package, on Sept. 29, 2017:

SB 35: Streamlined Approval Process (Weiner)

SB 540: Workforce Housing Opportunity Zone (Roth)

AB 73: Housing Sustainability Districts (Chiu)

SB 167/AB 678: Housing Accountability Act (Skinner/Bocanegra)

AB 1515: Planning and Zoning (Daly)

AB 72: Housing Element Law (Santiago)

AB 879: Housing Element Law (Grayson)

AB 571: Farmworker Housing Tax Credit (Garcia)