February 3, 2021
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The San Francisco Chronicle: S.F. has taken more than a year to open 30 beds for homeless and mentally ill

It has been nearly a year since the city began working on a much-needed psychiatric respite center for the city’s homeless and mentally ill — but the sprawling, yellow building in the Mission slated for the project is still vacant. The city announced the new Hummingbird Place respite center last February and hailed it as a small but important step toward helping the city’s most vulnerable. But the hurdles faced in opening the 30-bed site underscore just how long it takes San…
January 22, 2021
Joe Biden at the inauguration

CBS SF Bay Area: Project Home: Biden’s ‘Ambitious’ Housing Plan Lauded By Bay Area Advocates

A top priority in the first 100 days of the Biden administration will be a housing plan. If Congress approves the current proposal, one in every five Californians could receive rental assistance from the federal government. “This is a day for housing justice, this is a day for health justice, this is a day for racial justice, this is a day for economic justice,” Amie Fishman, Executive Director for The Nonprofit Housing Association of Northern California said. Read more via…
January 14, 2021
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California Globe: AB 71 Amended to add Tax Increases to Fund ‘Bring California Home Act’

Assembly Bill 71 was amended on January 12 to replace its intent language with dozens of pages of substantive amendments, including several major tax increase proposals. This article only examines the tax provisions of AB 71. The bill is jointly authored by Assembly Members Luz Rivas, Richard Bloom, David Chiu, and Buffy Wicks. AB 71 will require a 2/3 vote for passage in both houses of the Legislature. According to the bill’s author, “AB 71 will generate $2.4 billion annually by closing corporate tax loopholes…
January 12, 2021
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Governor’s Budget Proposal & Bay Area Housing Justice: NPH’s Analysis

Late last week, Governor Gavin Newsom released his proposed budget for California’s 2021-22 fiscal year. This proposal is the starting point for the work that the Legislature and Governor’s office now undertake together. Their revised budget will be released in May, and voted on by June 15.  What’s in the Governor’s Proposal? The Governor’s proposal makes clear that the Newsom administration remains committed to housing and homelessness as one of the most critical issues facing Californians. Key elements included in…