The State Assembly returned to Sacramento on August 5th after a month-long summer recess, and is currently considering multiple bills related to affordable housing and homelessness. The Assembly must pass all bills by September 13th in order to for the Governor to consider them this fall. Key bills currently on the Assembly floor include:
- Senate Bill 391 (DeSaulnier), The California Homes and Jobs Act , which would create funding for affordable housing for families, seniors, veterans, people with disabilities, and people experiencing homelessness;
- Assembly Bill 639 (Perez), the Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Act, which 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;”
- Assembly Bill 361 (Mitchell), the Health Home Bill, which would fund services in supportive housing through a national Health Reform option, financing specific services to people experiencing chronic homelessness as well as frequent hospital users; and
- Senate Bill 347 (Beall), which would increase youth shelter funding by authorizing a county to “use any unexpended funds awarded to a shelter for abused and neglected children for the purpose of acquiring, renovating, constructing, or purchasing equipment for a shelter for runaway or homeless youth.”
We will provide a status update on these bills after the September 13th deadline.