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Assemblymember David Chiu, Chair of the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee, today issued the following statement after Governor Brown signed a historic set of housing bills to address the affordable housing crisis in California. Since joining the Assembly in 2014, Assemblymember Chiu has made the rising cost of housing his top legislative priority. He is the lead author of Assembly Bill 73, which will incentivize local governments to plan for and permit housing, and a principal co-author or joint author of many of the other signed bills, including Senate Bills 2 and 3, and Assembly Bills 72 and 1505.  

“Every Californian deserves a safe, affordable home. But today, we are living through the worst housing crisis in the state’s history, which threatens our shared prosperity, deepens inequality and increases homelessness. 

Today, we are making a down payment for our children’s future, for people struggling to pay the rent or the mortgage or even to have a roof at all, and for our teachers and firefighters who can’t afford a home in the cities they serve.

I want to thank Governor Brown for his leadership, and for collaborating with the legislature on developing and signing this innovative package of bills that increase funding, and incentivize and streamline housing creation.

The bills he signed today address many of the underlying causes of the housing crisis, but we must continue to take on the complex issues surrounding the housing affordability crisis including incentivizing housing as much as commercial development, helping local communities build infrastructure to support housing, and preventing displacement while protecting vulnerable tenants.

Having worked on solutions to the housing crisis since I first came to Sacramento and seeing limited progress, I am deeply appreciative of Speaker Anthony Rendon and his staff for prioritizing this challenge, which is at the root of the rising inequality so many of us abhor. Senator Toni Atkins has carried the housing torch and the fight for a permanent source of funding for so long, and I have always been inspired by her example. My San Francisco friend and colleague Senator Scott Wiener displayed his passion and tenacity with SB 35, and Assemblymember Richard Bloom showed incredible leadership on AB 1505, the long-awaited “Palmer fix” for inclusionary housing. 

The other leaders of our informal ‘housing caucus’ - Assemblymembers Rob Bonta, Anna Caballero, Todd Gloria, and Ash Kalra - were also indispensable partners. Governor Brown and his incredible team put in the hard work of crafting a full package of bills, and his personal engagement helped put the votes over the line. Finally, the dedicated housing advocates in Sacramento and around the state show every day how much they care about everyone we are trying to help. I know we will all keep working together to bring California home.”

Assemblymember David Chiu, Chair of the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee, today issued the following statement after the Legislature sent the Governor a historic set of housing bills to address the affordable housing crisis in California. Since joining the Assembly in 2014, Assemblymember Chiu has made the rising cost of housing his top legislative priority. He is the lead author of Assembly Bill 73, which will incentivize local governments to plan for and permit housing, and a principal co-author or joint author of many of the other bills, including Senate Bills 2 and 3 and Assembly Bills 1505 and 72.

“California is a large and diverse state, but one thing we all share is that we’re living through the worst housing crisis in our state’s history. With these historic bills we begin to take on the affordable housing crisis that threatens our state’s economic prosperity, deepens inequality, and increases homelessness. Our work is not done, but we’re making a down payment for our children’s future, for people struggling to pay the rent or the mortgage or even to have a roof at all, and for our teachers and firefighters who can’t afford a home in the cities they serve.”

The approval of two key funding proposals, Senate Bills 2 and 3, will help build affordable homes and improve lives. The passage of SB 2 to create a permanent funding source for affordable housing shows true leadership by our Legislature and is the culmination of almost a decade of effort. Next year California voters will have the opportunity to jump start housing investment with SB 3’s $4 billion housing bond.

(Sacramento) - Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee, says he’s extremely pleased the State Assembly has approved a historic set of housing bills to address the affordable housing crisis in California. “Today we begin delivering real solutions to the housing crisis that has made life hard for so many Californians,” Assemblymember Chiu said after the votes were completed. “The bills we passed today address many of the underlying causes of the housing crisis, but our work is not done.” Watch this Assembly Access video to see Assemblymember Chiu’s passionate speech in favor of Senate Bill 2 – one of the main funding proposals.

(Sacramento) – California State Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) today welcomed the mayors of 7 of California’s largest cities to a press conference at the State Capital in Sacramento where they urged immediate action on California’s affordable housing crisis. “We don’t have time to wait,” said Assemblymember Chiu. “Millions of Californians are struggling to pay the rent, pay the mortgage.” Watch this Assembly Access Video to hear more from Assemblymember Chiu and Mayors Ed Lee, Libby Schaaf, and Sam Liccardo.

(Sacramento) – Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco), other legislators and labor leaders are working together to solve California’s affordable housing crisis. “The affordable housing crisis threatens our state’s economic prosperity and deepens inequality,” said Assemblymember Chiu, Chair of the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee at a press conference by the Building Trades announcing their support for his legislation. “There is no single solution to resolve the crisis but my Assembly Bill 73 is one of the ways to create more affordable housing.” AB 73 will increase the production of market rate and affordable housing by providing local governments with financial incentives for creating "Housing Sustainability Districts" - overlay districts to streamline the residential and development process in areas with existing infrastructure transit. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video. http://www.asmdc.org/chiu

The Assemblymembers listed below today issued the following statement on the effort to address California’s housing affordability crisis:

“Today’s affordable housing commitment by Governor Brown, Speaker Rendon, and Senate President pro Tempore de León is welcome news for all Californians who are suffering from crushing rents and unreachable home prices. We’ve worked hard to get to the agreement outlined today, and we look forward to working together to pass a comprehensive housing package when we return from recess in late August. As the leaders outlined, this comprehensive set of bills will include a permanent source of funding for affordable housing, a general obligation housing bond, and crucial policy reforms to streamline housing production where appropriate.

Housing is a critical human need.  We’ve said all year we must act to alleviate the housing crisis in our state, and we are now poised to do just that.”

Assemblymember David Chiu Joins Colleagues to Announce Bills to Address Affordable Housing Crisis

Sacramento, CA—Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) today was joined by Assemblymembers Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Anna Caballero (D-Salinas), Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles), and Speaker pro Tem Kevin Mullin (D-San Mateo) to announce four bills to address California’s affordable housing crisis. These bills will fund production of housing for low-income families, incentivize local governments to complete upfront planning and environmental review and approve housing permits to increase housing supply, fund the enforcement of existing state housing law by the Attorney General, and provide rental assistance to homeless Medi-Cal recipients. The authors of the individual bills are listed below.

“Every Californian deserves a safe, affordable home. The affordable housing crisis threatens our state’s economic prosperity and climate goals and deepens inequality,” said Assemblymember David Chiu, Chair of the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee. “There is no single solution to resolve the crisis. My colleagues and I have put forward solutions to increase funding, incentivize and streamline housing creation, and to enforce existing housing law where creation is not occurring.”

Proposal for more than $1.3 billion for FY 2016-17 Budget would address challenges ranging from homelessness to homeownership

“Affordable housing has been a top focus for me dating back to my time on the San Diego City Council, and it’s gratifying to see so many of my colleagues making it a priority for the Assembly this year. I’m extremely appreciative of their efforts. Housing affordability is a genuine crisis in California, and today’s announcement can only help propel action to solve it.”
--Speaker Emeritus Toni Atkins (D-San Diego)

“It’s imperative that we make a meaningful investment in affordable housing and make policy changes that protect and expand our toolbox to create more affordable units. We must ensure that hard working families in California have a stable and affordable place to call home.”
--Assemblymember Kevin Mullin (D-South San Francsico)

"Access to safe and affordable housing isn't just a Los Angeles or San Francisco problem," said Assemblywoman Autumn R. Burke.  "The housing crisis is hitting every community and it demands a serious investment in programs to end homelessness, increase our stock of affordable housing, and expand home ownership."
--Assemblywoman Autumn R. Burke (D-Inglewood)