I’m blogging with historic news today. Since I arrived at the State Assembly almost 3 years ago, we have been fighting every day for solutions to California’s intense housing crisis.
Today, the Legislature approved a dozen bills that will provide relief to some of the 1.7 million California families who are struggling to pay rent, afford mortgages, or get off of the streets and into stable housing.
More specifically, this package includes bills that will:
- Create - for the first time - a permanent source of funding for affordable housing in California, as well as allow voters to approve a $4 billion bond for housing
- Streamline housing creation around the state
- Hold accountable local jurisdictions that aren’t building their fair share of housing
- Provide critical funding to deliver affordable housing for families, seniors, farmworkers, veterans, homeless Californians and our workforce
I’m sharing this with you today because you’ve been an important part of the fight for this housing package, and I want to make sure you know that your support has been critical.
As Chair of the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee, I want to take a moment to thank the partnership of Assembly Speaker Rendon, my Assembly colleagues, Senator Scott Wiener, and the myriad of community leaders from San Francisco and throughout California whose advocacy brought us to this day.
While this package isn’t a silver bullet to end the housing crisis, it is a major step in the right direction. I take very seriously my commitment to continue fighting until everyone in our state has stable, affordable housing. We need to make this a reality - and I’m thrilled to have you on board.