Affordable Housing For California Gets Stamp of Approval

Governor Jerry Brown, along with other lawmakers, celebrated the passing of a myriad of bills to deal with California's housing crisis. There were a total of 15 separate bills, designed to tackle the problem from different angles. One of the bills, for example, calls for a change in the tedious and time-intensive process to get approved for a home, while two of the other bills are going to provide funding for the building of abodes that are below-market-rate. Assemblyman Richard Bloom, of Santa Monica, said these reassuring words to Californians after the bills “Today we are here to tell those who are suffering that we hear you and are committed to make housing affordable again."

If approved, one of the funding plans is projected to bring in about $20 million to aid in the construction of affordable housing. Another measure would actually require cities to develop more affordable housing and rental units. The California Housing Consortium, who fought for the legislature, were also celebrating when they were notified that the times would be changing for California and it's housing problem. Another bill proposes adding small ($225) tax on some real-estate deals. If this bill passed, $5.8 million dollars could be collected within 5 years, so as to better fund this project. Another bill, which is designed to make sure cities build more housing, is in the works. A bill that was coined the “anti-NIMBY (Not In My Backyard) Act.” This bill would actually fine cities if they fail to follow a court order to build more housing units.

Executive director, Ray Pearl, said after the signing,“The landmark funding to build affordable homes coupled with measures that achieve enforcement of local planning obligations and provide tools for local governments to build inclusive communities will help the many Californians who struggle to live where they work and want to raise their families.”