June 18, 2019
Contact: Monika Lee, 916.444.7415
Startling New Facts on Housing Costs Call for Production, Preservation, & Protection
New “Out of Reach” Report Underscores Urgency for California to Act on Three P’s; Eight Housing Production Bills to be Heard in Legislative Committees This Week
Sacramento, CA—The new “Out of Reach” report released today from the National Low Income Housing Coalition shows the stark and growing difference between what rental housing costs and what Californians can afford. Without bold action to increase housing production, while preserving existing affordable homes and protecting families from rent gouging and unjust eviction, the unaffordability gap will continue to grow.
The report shows that a Californian must make $34.69 an hour or work 116 hours per week at minimum wage to afford a two-bedroom rental home, a steep increase from last year’s $32.68 “housing wage.” This year, California ranked 2nd highest in the housing wage gap; last year it was ranked 3rd in the nation. While the Bay Area ranked as the state’s most expensive markets, families face large affordability gaps across the state, with the housing wage in Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego ranging between $34.44 and $39.77.
“Today’s report illustrates in numbers what families increasingly feel when it comes to housing -- anxiety and fear over their ability to make next month’s rent,” said a spokesperson from the Three P’s campaign. “If California doesn’t act boldly to create more homes while preserving existing homes and preventing unjust evictions, we will continue to see more families one bump in the road away from homelessness. The time to act is now. The 2019 Housing Production, Preservation, and Protection Plan is the most comprehensive approach we have to meet Governor Newsom’s goal of 3.5 million new units of housing by 2025.”
Eight of 14 bills backed by the Housing Production, Preservation, and Protection Coalition to ease production of homes affordable to Californians at all income levels will be heard in legislative committees this week.
The 2019 California Housing Plan for Production, Preservation, and Protection includes:
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.
* Denotes bills being heard in legislative committees this week
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