Housing California Statement on Governor's Proposed Budget
Governor Gavin Newsom released his proposed budget on January 10. While we are still analyzing the affordable housing and homelessness proposals, we see much to be excited about and look forward to working with the administration and legislature. We are thrilled the governor has proposed incentives for affordable housing development, investments in mixed-income housing, revamping the Regional Housing Needs Assessment, linking transportation dollars to housing performance, expanding the State Low Income Housing Tax Credit program to $500 million, and using excess state property for affordable housing development. We will work with our partners to develop a strategy for refining and lifting up our priorities in the governor's budget.
Housing CA's Budget Statements in the Media:
- CalMatters commentary by Executive Director Lisa Hershey: "Finally California Seems Determined to End Homelessness"
- The Sacramento Bee quote from Policy Director Tyrone Buckley: "You'll rarely hear folks in the affordable housing community say a budget is enough. We can always use more investment… I would just say that we go into this very hopefully."
- KQED quote from Policy Director Tyrone Buckley: "We hope to see Gov. Newsom surpass previous administrations by dedicating an ongoing portion of the budget to provide stable, affordable homes for the 1.5 million low-income families over-burdened by housing costs and the 130,000 Californians experiencing homelessness on any given night, which is the foundation we need if the new administration is committed to racial, health, and economic equity."
Federal Government Shutdown Repercussions for Californians in Need of Affordable Homes
Housing California and our partner the National Low Income Housing Coalition thank you for all of your help in reaching out to your members of Congress about the harmful impacts of the government shutdown. According to NLIHC, because of your outreach, 34 Senators and 138 Representatives nationwide signed onto a letter to the President, raising deep concerns about the impact of the shutdown on the people we serve who rely on federal housing assistance. This tremendous outcome is due in large part to your advocacy! You can find a copy of the letter here.
The shutdown impacts 177 Project-Based Rental Assistance Contracts in California through February, or more than 7,000 rental homes. Check out this fact sheet on the impacts of the shutdown on affordable housing programs, and contact your members of Congress.
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