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GOVERNOR SIGNS HOUSING PACKAGE, LAUNCHES PROGRESS FOR CALIFORNIA HOUSING
(San Francisco) Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed the historic housing package of 15 housing bills to address the homelessness, displacement and affordability crises in our state.
“Californians – and our Bay Area residents especially – have long been ready for action on our state’s housing crisis. We are so pleased that the Governor has now signed and finalized the housing package to launch progress for housing,” said Amie Fishman, Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California (NPH) Executive Director. “This package is a crucial first step and critical foundation to re-invest in our communities.”
“With new and ongoing funding for affordable housing, streamlined housing approvals, and smart preservation and inclusionary housing policy, we are all standing together to improve people’s lives and ‘Bring California Home,’” said NPH Policy Director Michael Lane.
The historic housing package included a long-sought permanent funding source (SB 2, Atkins) and the ability to continue building progress by providing an opportunity for voters to pass an affordable housing measure at the 2018 ballot (SB 3, Beall.)
“The housing community looks forward to continuing our progress and building on our momentum to create more affordable housing for our seniors, veterans, people with disabilities, and hardworking families,” said Fishman. “NPH was proud to initiate, support, and pass affordable housing ballot measures around the Bay Area in 2016. We look forward to taking the conversation statewide!”
The housing package was passed due to strong leadership from the Bay Area delegation — including Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee Chair, David Chiu; Senate Transportation and Housing Committee Chair Jim Beall; State Senator Scott Wiener, Assembly Speaker pro Tem Kevin Mullin; Assembly Budget Chair Phil Ting; Assemblymembers Rob Bonta and Ash Kalra; Senator Nancy Skinner – and Southern California champions – including Senator Toni Atkins from San Diego and Assemblymember Richard Bloom from Santa Monica.