Legislative Update!

Shared from Housing California:

The governor signed the Homeless Youth Act of 2018 (SB 918, Wiener) into law last week, giving direction and funding to the California Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council to set measurable goals to prevent and end youth homelessness. This is the first time a state agency has committed to assisting the more than 15,000 youth experiencing homelessness in California with an eye toward effective, permanent housing solutions.

Author Senator Scott Wiener and co-author Assemblymember Blanca Rubio, and co-sponsors Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH), Tipping Point, John Burton Advocates for Youth, Equality California, and California Coalition for Youth deserve credit for daylighting the need to help our state’s young people who have trouble getting access to safe, stable, affordable homes.

Brown also signed AB 2162 (Chiu) last week, allowing permanent supportive housing to be developed by-right in all multifamily and mixed-use zones. At least 25% of the units in the development or 12 units, whichever is greater, must be restricted to residents in need of supportive homes. Corporation for Supportive Housing co-sponsored this bill.

He also signed AB 2490 (Chiu), requiring the California Department of Public Health Vital Records to waive fees when issuing a certified copy of a birth certificate to anyone experiencing homelessness.

Brown was quick to sign AB 2219 (Ting) prohibiting landlords from refusing third-party rent payments, and AB 2343 (Chiu) which gives renters notified of eviction three business days to respond to the notice, as opposed to the previous law of three days that included weekends and holidays. Sponsors Western Center on Law and Poverty and the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation worked on these bills, and to RUN members and partner organizations for advocating for these bills.

Stay up to date on legislation related to poverty, homelessness, housing, criminal justice, and other urgent community issues! Some good sources are:

Housing California

East Bay Housing Organizations

Californians for Safety and Justice

Corporation for Supportive Housing

Urban Strategies Council

For more information on local voter education and organizing events, contact Gwen Austin, BOSS Community Builder and Development Associate, at gaustin@self-sufficiency.org.