Last night, Governor Gavin Newsom delivered his State of the State address, highlighting the state’s recent progress in addressing the ongoing needs of state residents as we continue to contend with the COVID-19 pandemic.
As we reflect on the Governor’s address, a key takeaway for NPH is that housing is one of the most critical tools to protect our communities from COVID-19 and is the foundation out of which our region and state can grow and succeed.
As California continues its journey towards COVID recovery, we must prioritize housing as essential. Affordable homes are crucial infrastructure to getting people back to work, getting and keeping people housed, and ensuring that we’re prepared for the next emergency. We must also prioritize action that ensures that our neighbors that have been hardest hit by COVID-19 — Black, Indigenous, other communities of color, and low-income communities — receive the support, resources, and care that they need.
NPH is grateful for the significant investments that California has made to keep people housed, such as:
Even with these investments, we continue to need long term fixes to these critical issues to ensure that tenants stay housed when evictions protections expire. There also continues to be a growing need for permanent investments in affordable housing and homelessness solutions.
As NPH kicks off the 2021-22 legislative cycle, our focus is embracing a “Housing First” strategy to the recovery by moving timely and urgent policies to make impact now, while advancing big picture, long-term shifts toward housing and racial justice.
We call on the Governor and California Legislature to support the following solutions:
As lawmakers deal with multiple crises at the same time — lack of affordable housing, racial disparities, public health, the economy, school reopenings, and more — it’s up to us to come together with our affordable housing movement to show them that these issues are connected, and that housing is at the foundation.