2023 Policy Agenda

Housing California’s 2023 Policy Agenda focuses on community members most in need of an affordable place to call home.

This includes people struggling to make ends meet and those experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness. We utilize multiple strategies to meet these goals, including reforming California’s laws and regulations regarding land use and finance, as well as innovative approaches to end homelessness. Housing California leads with the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion to prioritize those who have been historically marginalized and/or neglected in decision-making processes, and we work in close collaboration with a variety of partners. These partners include non-profits, affordable housing developers, affordable housing residents and persons with lived experience, foundations, labor unions, trade associations, corporations, and supportive policymakers from a diverse set of backgrounds.

Our 2023 legislative priorities are listed below. As the legislative session progresses, please check this page for updates.

Other Priority Legislation


AB 1657 (Wicks)

New Housing Bond 

This bill places an affordable housing bond on the 2024 ballot.

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SB 18 (McGuire)

Tribal Housing Grant Program

This bill would provide equitable access to financing so federally recognized tribes can provide decent, affordable, and sustainable homes for low- and moderate-income community members in a manner that respects Tribal sovereignty and cultural heritage.

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ACA 1 (Aguiar-Curry)

Lower Voter Threshold

This constitutional amendment would place on the November 2024 ballot an initiative to reduce the local vote threshold from two-thirds to 55% for approval of bond and special tax measures to fund the construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or replacement of infrastructure, including homes affordable to households earning up to 150% of the area median income.

SB 567 (Durazo)

Homelessness Prevention Act

This bill closes loopholes in the no fault cause provisions of the Tenant Protection Act (AB 1482) and strengthens enforcement of the law.

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AB 1085 (Maienschein)

Medi-Cal Benefit for Housing Services

This bill would require the California Department of Health Care Services to seek federal approval of a Medi-Cal housing support services benefit.

SB 469 (Allen & Weiner)

Removing Barriers to State-Funded Affordable Housing

This bill exempts LIHTC and HCD-funded developments from Article 34.

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SB 482 (Blakespear)

Capitalized Operating Subsidy Reserves

This bill requires HCD to offer capitalized operating subsidy reserves for supportive units under the Multifamily Housing Program.

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AB 84 (Ward)

Property Tax: Welfare Exemption: Affordable Housing

This bill allows the welfare property tax exemption for affordable housing to take effect upon recordation of deed-restrictions.

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AB 257 (Hoover)


This bill would prohibit a person from sitting, lying, sleeping, or storing, using, maintaining, or placing personal property in any street, sidewalk, or other public property within 500 feet of a school, daycare center, park, or library.

SB 31 (Jones)


This bill would prohibit a person from sitting, lying, sleeping, or storing, using, maintaining, or placing personal property upon any street, sidewalk, or other public right-of-way within 1000 feet of a sensitive area, as defined.