Our Positions on California Bills & Budget Asks


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Legislative Budget Proposals

JUNE 2018: In the final debates in each house for the Budget Act of 2018 (SB 840), leaders of both houses agreed that this year's budget compromise is not perfect, and that we must build on our momentum to address one of the biggest issues hurting Californians: the lack of affordable housing and causal increase in homelessness. Housing California supported the Senate proposal for $5 billion over the next four years toward addressing these issues. The final compromise allocates more than $700 million to address homelessness. Here's the breakdown:


Homelessness Emergency Aid Block Grant:
$250 million, one-time, to Continuums of Care
$100 million in homelessness funds to Continuums of Care proportional to each jurisdictions’ Point-In-Time Counts
$150 million to cities, and cities/counties with populations of more than 330,000

Department of Social Services:
$24.2 million CalWORKS Housing Support Program ($48.3M ongoing)
$8.1 million CalWORKS Homeless Assistance Program
$15 million Senior Home Safe Program

Office of Emergency Services:
$10 million Domestic Violence Shelter Program
$1 million Homeless Youth and Exploitation Program

Department of Health Care Services:
$50 million Homelessness and Mental Illness Program

Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council:
$500,000 for an executive director and two staff members

Proposition 2 Infrastructure Revenues — The budget language includes that the following allocations from a surplus can be now that the Rainy Day Fund is full:
-Funding dedicated to state building infrastructure ($400 million)
-Additional funds beyond the $400 million will be split between the Multifamily Housing Program and rail projects


As part of last year's Legislative Housing Package, Housing California-sponsored Senate Bill 2 created a permanent source of funding for affordable homes using a non-sales real estate document recording fee. Legislators voted to use the first year of funds to address homelessness. Here's the Year 1 breakdown:
$125 million housing/homelessness planning grants
$57.5 million to Emergency Solutions and Housing Program
$57.5 million to Housing for a Healthy California (Housing CA-sponsored bill AB 74)
$5 million to an Orange County emergency shelter
$5 million to a Merced County navigation center


MAY 2018: Housing California supports allocation requests from California's 2018 budget surplus that address affordable housing and homelessness funding needs. The three proposals that cover these needs thus far include a $2 billion request from Sen. Beall (SB 912, see below), a $1 billion request from Asm. Chiu, and a $1.5 billion request from the Big 11 Mayors (AB 3171, Ting and Lara). Stay tuned for updates on the progress of these requests in May. Read our statement on the Revised Budget here.

Homelessness and Public Benefits

2018 Sponsored Bills

SIGNED:SB 918: Homeless Youth Act of 2018 (Wiener/Rubio): This bill would establish the Office of Homeless Youth, funded at $60 million from the General Fund and set forth the duties of the office, including, but not limited to, setting specific, measurable goals aimed at preventing and ending homelessness among youth in the state.

DEAD: SB 1010: Parolees: Supportive Housing Pilot Program (Beall): This bill would reduce recidivism and improve outcomes among parolees by using existing California Department of Corrections resources more effectively. It would create a pilot to provide supportive housing to parolees who are either experiencing homelessness or were homeless when incarcerated, and have no place to go upon discharge.

DEAD: AB 2161: Homelessness Integrated Data Collection (Chiu): This bill would direct the Department of Housing and Community Development to create a state homeless integrated data warehouse, in coordination with the Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council, to develop a composite portrayal of the homeless population in the state and the services provided to this population or to those at risk of becoming homeless.

SIGNED: AB 2162: Streamlining for Supportive Housing (Chiu): This bill will allow developers to build supportive housing “by right,” promoting siting of supportive housing, without battling stigma of housing people with disabilities. While local jurisdictions would be able to apply objective standards to reviewing an application to build supportive housing, AB 2162 would allow nonprofit developers to build supportive housing without the prolonged approval process typically required in these projects.


2018 Supported Bills

SIGNED: AB 2490: Homeless Youth and Vital Records Act (Chiu): Requires the California Department of Public Health Vital Records to waive fees when issuing a certified copy of a birth certificate to a homeless person or a homeless child or youth.


DEAD: AB 2784: Emergency Student Housing Loan Program (Caballero): Creates a pilot emergency loan program at three California State University campuses for students experiencing, or on the brink of, homelessness.

VETOED: SB 1125: Improved Access to Mental Health Services in Primary Care (Atkins): SB 1125 dismantles barriers that mental health patients in California face when attempting to access comprehensive health services by allowing their local community health center to bill Medi-Cal for mental health services and other medical services in the same day.

Land Use and Finance

2018 Supported Bills

SIGNED: AB 2219: Landlord-Tenant Third-Party Payments (Ting): Would prohibit a landlord or a landlord’s agent from refusing to accept payment from a third party of a tenant’s rent if the third party does not reside on the premises and provides the landlord or agent with a signed acknowledgment that acceptance of the rent does not establish a landlord-tenant relationship between the landlord and the third party.​

SIGNED: AB 2343: Real Property: Possession: Unlawful Detainer (Chiu): Current law prohibits a lessor who has retaliated against a lessee for exercising his or her rights from recovering possession of a dwelling, increasing the rent, or decreasing services within 180 days of the occurrence of specified events, provided that the lessee is not in default on his/her rent. This bill would provide that these protections apply to a lessee who is in default on his/her rent if he/she lawfully organized or participated in a lessees’ association or organization advocating lessees’ rights.

DEAD: 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: AB 686 (2017): 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 Actions:

Sustainable Communities for All 2018 Annual Appropriations Investment Platform

Housing CA Letter to Support Housing Voucher Funding

First year of the 2017-18 Legislative Cycle

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

SB 2: Building Homes and Jobs Act (Atkins)

SB 3: Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond Act (Beall)

SB 35: Streamlined Approval Process (Weiner)

SB 166: No Net Loss of Affordable Housing (Skinner)

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

SB 540: Workforce Housing Opportunity Zone (Roth)

AB 72: Housing Element Law (Santiago)

AB 73: Housing Sustainability Districts (Chiu)

AB 571: Farmworker Housing Tax Credit (Garcia)

AB 879: Housing Element Law (Grayson)

AB 1397: Housing Element - Adequate Sites (Low)

AB 1505: Inclusionary Zoning (Bloom)

AB 1515: Planning and Zoning (Daly)

AB 1521: Preserve Affordable Housing (Bloom)

He also signed AB 74: Housing for a Healthy California (Chiu).