July 21, 2020

Hundreds of California Faith Leaders Declare Moral Imperative for State Assembly to Pass Critical Housing Bill

Released Tuesday, July 21 Hundreds of California Faith Leaders Declare Moral Imperative for State Assembly to Pass Critical Housing Bill Letter signed by faith leaders from all over the state, spanning many faiths urge passage of Senate Bill 899 (California) Hundreds of faith leaders signed on to a letter sent to Speaker Anthony Rendon and President Pro Tem Toni Atkins in support of Senate Bill 899 today. The 250+ signatories represented diverse communities of faith across California including Catholic, Jewish,…
July 14, 2020

San Francisco Chronicle: Apple commits over $400 million of $2.5 billion California housing pledge

“Apple has committed over $400 million to housing programs after a $2.5 billion pledge last November. “The Cupertino tech giant said the commitment will help fund over 1,250 new Bay Area affordable housing units and aid thousands of first-time California home buyers. “Amie Fishman, executive director of the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California, an advocacy group, said she wants Apple and other tech companies to increase their housing commitments in the wake of the pandemic. ““Tech companies have done very well…
July 14, 2020

New Report Shows 9 of the Top 10 Least Affordable Metro Counties in Nation are in California

For immediate release 9 of the Top 10 Least Affordable Metro Counties in Nation are in California New Report Shows Significant Gap between Wages and What Households Can Afford, Need for Policy Action and Federal Investments (July 14) California counties account for 9 of the top 10 most expensive places to live in the nation, according to a new national report released today by the National Low Income Housing Coalition. Bay Area counties in particular are heavily represented, seizing 6…
June 30, 2020

KQED: Housing, Homelessness Were California Lawmakers’ Top Priorities Before Pandemic. Where Do They Stand Now?

“Gov. Gavin Newsom began the year with a tour of homeless and mental health services providers around the state, ending in Oakland, where he declared homelessness “the issue of our time.” “With more than 151,000 people living in tents, RVs, cars and shelters across the state, the governor announced a one-time allocation of $750 million aimed at reducing homelessness  — something his predecessor, Gov. Jerry Brown, had been loath to do. “Then came the coronavirus. “California’s economy suddenly shut down. As attention turned to easing the…