June 5, 2019
Contact: Monika Lee, 916.444.7415
Broad Statewide Coalition of Legislators, Allies Kick Off Sweeping
“Three P’s” Campaign for California’s Housing Future
Housing, Labor, Business, Social Justice Organizations & Legislators from Across CA Unite to Tackle Roots of California’s Housing Emergency through Production, Preservation and Protection
Sacramento, CA- On Tuesday, a diverse group of California legislators joined business, labor, and social justice organizations to launch a sweeping new campaign to secure California’s housing future. The Housing Production, Preservation, and Protection Coalition (“Three P’s”) has united behind this multi-pronged approach to addressing California’s housing emergency and committed to working together to preserve existing affordable homes, protect the families in them, and produce more housing at all income levels.
“Seniors, families and workers are struggling because California is not producing enough homes. The urgency to increase supply as well as preserve existing affordable homes is why I’ve authored SB 330 which will speed the process for permitting and eliminate unnecessary barriers,” said Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley). “I’m proud to be part of a coalition that understands the need for a multi-pronged approach and to stand with such a diverse statewide group of legislators and allies.”
“We have come together unified against an emergency that threatens to unravel everything we care about as Californians -- the health of our people, the strength of our economy, the quality of our environment, and opportunities for our children to thrive,” said Leslye Corsiglia, Executive Director of SV@Home and Three P’s Coalition Co-Chair. “Our broad coalition challenges the unsustainable housing status quo, but it also challenges the conventional wisdom and the frankly misleading narrative that California is too fragmented by region, and interest groups are too entrenched in their silos to make real headway against the housing crisis.”
Senator Beall, Assemblymember Chiu, Assemblymember Ting, Assemblymember Grayson, Assemblymember Aguiar Curry, Assemblymember Wicks, Assemblymember Friedman, Assemblymember Bonta, Assemblymember Rivas, and Assemblymember Santiago were among the legislators joining “Three P’s” founding organizations SV@Home, San Francisco Foundation, and TMG Partners at today’s event. Demonstrating the breadth and diversity of the Three P’s coalition, PICO, CA YIMBY, and Working Partnerships USA also spoke in support of the Production, Preservation, and Protection agenda.
"For years, I have advocated for the need to approach the housing crisis holistically, and this year, I've proposed bills for each of the three Ps,” said Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco). “It's going to take a diverse, powerful coalition to address the most intense housing crisis in our state history, and it's exciting to see this coalition come together around this framework."
At a news conference yesterday at the State Capitol, the coalition rallied behind the progress of 14 “Three P’s” bills which are moving forward into their second house this year, the vast majority of the 18 bills backed by the coalition. The coalition is committed to the passage of this package of bills and others that will deliver on the goals to create new, affordable homes while protecting tenants from rent gouging and unjust eviction.
The event comes as voters across the state express widespread and growing concern about housing and overwhelming support for policies that will preserve existing affordable homes, produce more homes at all income levels and protect the people and families who reside in them. A new poll from EMC Research found voters are increasingly concerned about their own housing as well as the ability of others to find housing. More than 80% of voters surveyed expressed deep concern over the ability of workers and young people being able to stay in the state, with roughly 60% “strongly agreeing.” The poll also showed strong support for the Three P’s agenda, including:
Over seven in ten voters supporting preservation measures to acquire, rehabilitate and preserve current affordable housing units so they continue to be accessible to low-income renters (46% strongly).
Voters supporting measures to increase the production of housing by making it faster and easier to build in-law units, allowing housing that meets certain affordability standards to be approved and built more quickly, and allowing for higher density near transit centers (37% strongly).
On tenant protections, voters supported by 67%, 66%, and 63% respectively measures that would limit rent increases to no more than 5% above the cost of living each year, provide free legal aid and other support to low-income tenants facing eviction, and preventing unjust evictions.
The poll of 1,800 likely November 2020 voters was conducted from April 25 to May 6.
“It’s no surprise to anyone that the worst burden of the housing crisis has been borne by communities of color. If we don’t change course, the ripple effects of housing affordability -- on health, on long term poverty, on safety, on education -- will put the California Dream even further out of reach for our communities,” said Fred Blackwell, CEO of the The San Francisco Foundation and Three P’s Coalition Co-Chair. “I’m proud that this coalition is so broad and so diverse in perspectives -- and that we’ve come together with a single message: Production, Preservation, Protection -- California’s future counts on it.”
Governor Newsom echoed the Coalition’s calls for a multi-pronged approach as he released his “May Revise,” calling for production, preservation, and prevention (protection) and urging lawmakers to do more to make California affordable for all. Nearly every day, new headlines from around the state underscore the impact of the housing crisis -- decades in the making -- and the urgency for California’s leaders to act. Teachers, first responders, and other hard working Californians are enduring crushing commutes,, the homelessness crisis has reached emergency levels with deaths among homeless Californians rising. As rents keep soaring, more and more Californians are one bump in the road away from being on the streets.
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.
AB 1734 (Chiu, 2 year bill) – Expands the property taxation welfare exemption for rental housing to moderate-income households.
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.
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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