Housing California in the News
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.
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.
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.”
“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
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.
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.
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).
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).