New Bills in Support of Affordable Housing and Housing for the Homeless

On February 20th, Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) introduced Senate Bill 391, the California Homes and Jobs Act of 2013. Assembly Majority Floor Lead Toni Atkins and Assembly Member Raul Bocanegre are Principal Co-Authors of the bill, which is designed to “spur job creation, boost California’s business competitiveness, and build safe and affordable apartments and single-family homes for Californians in need, including families, seniors, veterans, people with disabilities, and people experiencing homelessness.” The bill is expected to generate an estimated $500 million in state investment and leverage these funds to create roughly 29,000 jobs annually in California through a public/private partnership model.

The San Diego Housing Federation (SDHF) is leading the campaign locally in support of the Homes and Job Act of 2013, and is educating and garnering support from San Diegans on the bill. For more information, read this fact sheet from SDHF, and to endorse the bill, click here.

Two other bills in support of affordable housing have also been recently introduced at the state level:

  • Health Home Bill, Assembly Bill 361: This legislation would fund “services in supportive housing through a national Health Reform option.” Introduced by Assembly Member Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), the bill finances specific services to people experiencing chronic homelessness as well as frequent hospital users.
  • The Veterans Housing & Homeless Prevention Act, Assembly Bill 639: Introduced by Assembly Speaker John Perez, this bill would allow the restructuring of $600 million of existing Proposition 12 funds to create “multifamily affordable and supportive housing for veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness” — Proposition 12 was originally passed in 2008 to fund a program that enabled veterans to purchase single family homes.