Law will make it easier to build supportive housing
SACRAMENTO--A bill authored by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) and Assemblymember Tom Daly (D-Anaheim) to address California’s homelessness crisis was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown today. Assembly Bill 2162 will streamline approvals for supportive housing to help individuals experiencing homelessness move into safe, secure housing.
“No one should have to sleep on the streets of the Golden State,” said Assemblymember Chiu, chair of the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee. “But every night, 134,000 Californians have no place to call home, and that number is growing. This new law takes decisive action by increasing supportive housing production, one of the few solutions shown to permanently address homelessness.”
Assembly Bill 2162 will streamline the approval process for supportive housing projects across the state. Despite evidence that supportive housing is proven to be an effective way to address chronic homelessness, these projects often face vocal opposition that leads to costly delays. The law will require local approval of affordable housing developments on sites where apartments are allowed and that contain 25 percent supportive housing and on-site supportive services. Recent amendments limit the size of developments that are subject to streamlining in cities and unincorporated areas with fewer than 200,000 residents.
The Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) and Housing California sponsored the bill.
“Today Governor Brown acknowledged that supportive housing not only works to end homelessness, but is a cost-effective approach to doing so,” said Sharon Rapport, Associate Director of the Corporation for Supportive Housing. “AB 2162 will allow our most vulnerable Californians to exit homelessness more quickly, at a lower cost to the state and our cities. We are grateful to Assemblymembers Chiu and Daly and their staff for their leadership on this important bill.”
“Housing California commends Governor Brown for sending a clear message with the signing of AB 2162: to end homelessness for hundreds of thousands of Californians, we must build permanent, supportive homes,” said Lisa Hershey, executive director of Housing California. “Assemblymembers David Chiu, Tom Daly and their colleagues are delivering on their promise to keep tackling the worst housing crisis our state has ever faced, and we look forward to continuing our work together to ensure that one day California will be a place where no one is homeless and everyone has a safe, stable, affordable place to call home.”
The law will go into effect January 1, 2019.