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Two Housing Bills that Need Your Support in the State Legislature

June 28, 2019

Two important bills that have far-reaching implications for reducing homelessness are currently being debated in the state legislature. We hope your organization will weigh in with your state legislators to support these bills:

Senate Bill 329

SB 329, which would prohibit landlords from discriminating against a tenant or potential tenant based on their source of income. This bill would create statewide protections for voucher holders, including Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher recipients and Rapid Re-Housing voucher recipients. Passing statewide protections would likely improve Section 8 voucher utilization, along with helping with wait times to get families into units with Rapid Re-Housing assistance. A 2018 study from the Urban Institute (commissioned by HUD) found that source of income protections contribute to increasing voucher utilization. The bill is currently in the Assembly—please contact your Assembly representative and let them know that you support SB 329! You can read LAHSA’s support letter for the bill here.

Assembly Bill 1482

AB 1482, which would place a temporary cap on annual rent increases. If this bill were to pass, landlords would be prohibited from increasing rents beyond more than a certain amount each year for the next three years. AB 1482 would cap annual increases at seven percent plus an inflation measure called CPI, for a total cap of approximately 10% annually. The bill would prevent the most egregious rent increases, which can lead to displacement and sometimes homelessness. But to be truly effective, AB 1482 needs strong eviction protections to ensure that a rent cap does not become a incentive to evict existing tenants. The bill will be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee on July 9, 2019. Please contact your Senate representative and let them know you support AB 1482 and want to see it strengthened with eviction protections! You can read LAHSA’s support letter for the bill here.

LAHSA appreciates your support of vital legislation to prevent homelessness! If you have any questions about either bill, please don’t hesitate to contact Alex Visotzky, legislative affairs manager, avisotzky@lahsa.org.

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) is a joint powers authority of the city and county of Los Angeles, created in 1993 to address the problem of homelessness in Los Angeles County. LAHSA is the lead agency in the HUD-funded Los Angeles Continuum of Care, and coordinates and manages over $300 million annually in federal, state, county, and city funds for programs providing shelter, housing, and services to people experiencing homelessness. Learn more by visiting LAHSA’s website and accounts on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

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