“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.”