Housing California in the News

KPIX airs segment on Roadmap HOME 

KPIX (CBS in San Francisco) aired a piece on California’s Roadmap HOME 2030, a 10-year comprehensive, racial equity-centered, and evidence-based framework of bold policy solutions to end homelessness and create stable, affordable homes for all Californians. The piece included some of the key people involved in our work, like Residents United Network leaders Zella Knight and Willie Stevens, CA Housing Partnership Executive Director Matt Schwartz, and our own Executive Director Lisa Hershey. Check out the segment!

Coalition letter requesting ongoing funding addressing homelessness

Housing California joins statewide coalition in making a budget request ongoing funding of $2.4 billion to address homelessness. Full statement here.


Roadmap HOME op-ed in CalMatters

Check out this op-ed in CalMatters about Roadmap HOME 2030 and its role in setting our state on the right track toward advancing racial justice and creating stable, affordable homes for all Californians. Help spread the word.

Statement celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Housing California shares its perspective on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and its influence on the movement for justice today. Full statement here.


Statement regarding President-Elect Biden's COVID Relief Proposal

Housing California has released a statement regarding President-Elect Biden’s $1.9 Trillion Stimulus Plan. Full statement here.

Housing California comments on Governor Newsom's Budget Proposal

Housing California Executive Director Lisa Hershey speaks to KQED California Report (at 5:49 mark) and Cap Radio about the latest state budget release and opportunities to effectively tackle homelessness in the coming months.


Housing California releases its annual report, "Path to Success"

This past year has reinforced that we are all in this together. In Housing California’s annual report, “Path to Success", we highlight the breadth of our collective work with partners across the state to create homes, health and prosperity for all Californians.

Statement regarding Governor Newsom's State Budget Proposal

Housing California has released a joint statement with California Housing Partnership regarding Governor Newsom's State Budget Proposal. Full statement here.

Statement regarding selection of New HUD Secretary

Click here to read our statement regarding President-Elect Biden’s choice for HUD Secretary.

Statement regarding the CA Senate Housing Package

Click here to read our statement regarding the newly released California Housing Package.

Housing Advocates Condemn Trump Administration Racist Attack

The Trump Administration announced the intention to bury the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing provisions of the federal Fair Housing Act. Galvanized in our commitment to promote integration, access to opportunity, and housing justice, we share a formal response produced with CRLA Foundation, Western Center on Law & Poverty & Public Advocates. Read the full statement here.

Housing CA Co-sponsors AB 1703

Assemblymember Richard Bloom and co-sponsors Housing California and Public Advocates announced the launch of AB 1703, an urgent and forward-looking bill that will provide tenants and community organizations the right to first offer on homes that might otherwise be lost to the speculative market. Learn more.

Read our Summary of this Year's Budget

Housing California offers a brief summary of key points pertaining to housing and homelessness found in this year’s state budget summary. You can find our statement here.

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.

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

“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.”

5/13/20 Letter to the Legislature

Tackling Affordable Housing and Homelessness During and After COVID-19: A Framework and Package of Immediate and Long-Term Policy Solutions

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.

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.

Media 2020

Statement regarding the November 2020 election results

Click here to read our statement regarding the November 2020 election results.

Statement regarding the defeat of Proposition 15

Click here to read our statement regarding the defeat of Proposition 15.

Statement regarding Governor Newsom's veto of AB 1845

Click here to read our statement regarding Governor Newsom's decision to veto AB 1845.

Housing California - California Ballot Guide 2020

View or download our California Ballot Guide for 2020.

Bi-Partisan Statement in Support of AB 1845

A broad bi-partisan group of legislators submitted a letter urging Governor Newsom to sign AB 1845 and asking to collaborate with him on implementing bold innovations effectively tackling homelessness in our state. Full statement here

Joint Statement in Support of AB 1845

Housing California, CSH, and 46 other organizations sent a formal request to Governor Newsom encouraging him to sign AB 1845 (L. Rivas/Chiu). AB 1845, which passed with strong bipartisan support, without any opposition would institutionalize an improved infrastructural response to homelessness in California. Full statement here

Joint Anti-Eviction Statement encouraging dual protection for residents and housing providers

Housing California has released a joint statement from Residents United Network leaders and nonprofit affordable housing developers about the dual need to protect residents from pandemic evictions and keep housing providers afloat. Full statement here

Joint Statement from Housing California and the California Housing Consortium on Legislature’s failure to advance a housing package 

In the face of an unprecedented public health crisis, the Governor and Legislature acted

decisively in this year’s state budget to maintain funding for essential affordable housing programs,

in particular, the recent $500 million expansion of the state Low Income Housing Tax Credit program. 

Full statement here.

Formal Response to May Revision of State Budget

Governor Newsom’s budget reflects key principles and policies highlighted in the Affordable Housing and Homelessness Framework released yesterday by Housing California and the state’s other leading affordable housing advocacy organizations.

Housing California is very encouraged by the Governor’s continued commitment to the more than 151,000 Californians experiencing homelessness and the millions of struggling renters. Governor Newsom took bold, immediate action to offer interim options for people struggling to find safe, decent, affordable housing through Project Roomkey.
The $750 million devoted to homelessness in this budget is critical as struggling Californians continue to recover from COVID-19. But it is essential to invest in long-term solutions beyond purchasing hotels and motels--solutions that can get Californians into safe, permanent homes more quickly, and help them afford to stay there. Proven solutions like rental and operating assistance help our neighbors, family, and friends find and stay in a home.
Furthermore, we are encouraged by the Governor’s commitment to affordable housing production, including a commitment of $500 million to Low Income Housing Tax Credits. This will ensure that the creation of new affordable housing will not stall in the aftermath of the pandemic. 
We also appreciate the Governor’s attention to streamlining state housing programs, application, and reward processes. We look forward to working with the administration on ensuring that these improvements prioritize communities that need affordable homes the most.

Media 2019

Statement on proposed anti-homeless ballot measure

Housing California and Corporation for Supportive Housing issued a joint statement condemning a proposed anti-homeless ballot measure.   


Statement on the passage of SB 329

Housing California Executive Director, Lisa Hershey issued a statement in response to Governor Newsom's signing of The Housing Opportunities Act (SB 329).

Statements on the Legislature’s action concerning SB 329 and SB 5

Housing California Executive Director, Lisa Hershey issued statements in response to the California Legislature's actions on September 11, 2019 related to Senate Bills 329 and 5.

See her statement on the Legislature’s action concerning The Housing Opportunities Act (SB 329) and on the Legislature’s action concerning the Affordable Housing and Community Development Investment Program (SB 5).