Housing Production, Preservation, and Protection Coalition

June 19, 2019

Contact: Monika Lee, 916.444.7415


With Housing Costs in the Headlines, Legislature Moves 8 “Three P’s Bills” Out of Committees

Sacramento, CA — With the toll of housing prices in today’s headlines, California legislators moved forward from committees eight bills from the 2019 Plan for Housing Production, Preservation and Protection this week. Seven of these bills are specifically targeted at easing barriers to production of homes for Californians at all income levels, a key part of a Three P’s strategy that also includes preserving existing affordable homes and protecting the families in them.


The urgency for action on production grew this week with Governor Gavin Newsom declaring, “CA is facing a serious housing supply shortage. We need to use every tool in the toolkit to address this crisis."

The Three P’s, a diverse coalition of business, labor, housing, environmental justice, local government, and other organizations, has come together to confront the affordability crisis head on with an ambitious package of bills that will increase housing production, preserve existing affordable homes and protect families from rent gouging and unjust eviction.

One of the “production” bills, SB 330, would temporarily suspend documented obstacles to production at the local level. “SB 330 helps housing at all income levels. It’s based on a simple premise: approve housing that follows local zoning, but do it faster and don’t change the rules midstream,” said the bill’s author, state Senator Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley.

The eight bills cleared key committees on the heels of the annual Out of Reach report released by the National Low Income Housing Coalition. The report documents the wage needed in each California county to afford a two-bedroom rental home, finding a large gap between what Californians earn and what they can afford. Statewide, a worker would need to earn $34.69 an hour or work 116 hours per week at minimum wage to afford a two-bedroom rental home.

“With the urgency to act on California’s housing crisis growing by the day, we are pleased the legislature has moved forward on key ‘Three P’s’ bills. It will take all of us coming together to move bold solutions forward so Californians stay in their homes and communities and be able to work near where they live. Collectively and with a statewide approach, we can and must address the roots of a crisis that forces teachers, first responders, and our younger generation to spend exorbitant amounts on housing or leave the state,” said Monika Lee, a spokesperson for the Three P’s campaign.  


The following bills were heard and passed out of key committees this week:


Senate Housing (6/18/19):

  • AB 68 - ADU's (production)

  • AB 69 - ADU's (production)

  • AB 881 - ADU's (production)

  • AB 1485 - Streamlining (production)

  • AB 1487 - Bay Area Regional Entity and Revenue (production)

Assembly Housing and Community Development (6/19/19)

  • SB 6 - Surplus land (production)

  • SB 18 - Eliminates sunset on the requirement for 90 notes to renters in the case of foreclosure (protection)

  • SB 330 - General production (production)

The 2019 California Housing Plan for Production, Preservation, and Protection includes:

PROTECT TENANTS

  • AB 1481 (Grayson, Bonta, 2 year bill) – Would prohibit a landlord from terminating a lease without just cause, requiring landlords to specify the reason for an eviction.

  • AB 1482 (Chiu) – Prevents rent-gouging by limiting extreme or unreasonable rent increases.

  • SB 18 (Skinner) – Preserving 90 days written notice prior to eviction for renters who occupy a property that has been foreclosed upon. Policy shifted to budget trailer bill.

PRODUCE AND PRESERVE HOUSING AT ALL INCOME LEVELS

  • AB 10 (Chiu) – Increases the state Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) Program by $500 million and eliminates the cap on annual tax credit for individual filers.

  • AB 68 & 69 (Ting) – Removes barriers to the development of Accessory Dwelling Units across California.

  • AB 881 (Bloom) – Removes barriers to the development of accessory dwelling units.

  • AB 1483 (Grayson) – Improves transparency and reporting of local housing activity so California can tailor state policy to support local best practices.

  • AB 1484 (Grayson) –  Increases transparency and predictability by requiring each jurisdiction to post on its website the type and amount of each fee imposed on a housing development.

  • AB 1485 (Wicks) – Allows for streamlining approval of housing developments that limit 20% of the units to up to 120% of area median income (AMI) or less.

  • AB 1486 (Ting) – Expands access to local “surplus” lands available for affordable housing development across the state.

  • AB 1487 (Chiu) – Establishes a regional housing agency for the San Francisco Bay area and authorizes the ability to seek revenue in support of affordable housing production and preservation and tenant protections.

  • AB 1734 (Chiu, 2 year bill) – Expands the property taxation welfare exemption for rental housing to moderate-income households.

  • ACA 1 (Aguiar Curry, not subject to legislative deadlines) –  Asks California voters to approve reducing the voter threshold to fund local affordable housing, supportive housing, and public infrastructure projects from a two-thirds vote to a 55 percent majority.

  • SB 6 (Beall, McGuire) – Creates a statewide list of all local lands suitable and available for residential development as identified by local governments.

  • SB 50 (Wiener, 2 year bill) – Allows for building housing near existing job centers and public transportation while protecting renters, local government control, and the environment.

  • SB 128 (Beall) – Authorizes Enhanced Infrastructure Financing Districts to issue bonds without voter approval.

  • SB 330 (Skinner) – Temporarily suspends specific local practices that are documented obstacles to housing production (such as shifting rules and standards, high fees on low income homes, and moratoria to ban new housing), and establishes reasonable time periods for processing housing permits.

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