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February 28, 2020 | 333 total views

The 2020 legislative session commenced last month in Sacramento, and legislators had until February 21st to submit new bills for introduction. Assemblymember Miguel Santiago, representing parts of Downtown LA, Boyle Heights, and Huntington Park, introduced AB 1907, which would remove barriers to development of shelter, supportive, and affordable housing. LAHSA is co-sponsoring the bill, along the Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing (SCANPH), the LA Business Council, and others, and encourages your organization to add your voice to help move this bill forward!

AB 1907 would make the development process easier by exempting certain types of new construction from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), thereby removing a barrier that can add months, sometimes years, to housing and shelter projects. The types of developments that would be exempt from CEQA would include:

  • Interim Housing, or shelters, that conform to low-barrier standards as articulated in California Government Code Section 65660
  • Supportive housing that meets state requirements
  • Affordable housing developments where all units (except for managers unit) are affordable to households earning 80% AMI or below, and are funded by:
    • California Multifamily Housing Program (MHP)
    • Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program
    • Federal HOME Investment Partnerships Program

If passed, the bill would be a major step forward in reducing impediments to building these badly needed affordable and supportive housing faster. To learn more about the bill, please see the author’s fact sheet here. The bill will be heard in the Assembly Natural Resources Committee in April—we encourage you to submit letters of support as soon as possible. For a template support letter to use for your organization’s support letter, please click here. To submit your letter, please go through the California Assembly portal here and send a copy of the letter to Alex Visotzky, LAHSA's Legislative Affairs Manager, avisotzky@lahsa.org.

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