The State Legislature in Sacramento kicked off on December 7th, which was the first day for state lawmakers to introduce bills that will be heard starting in January 2021.
AB 15 – Extending Eviction Protections
With statewide pandemic eviction protections set to expire on February 2021, a new state bill is seeking to offer renters added protections through the coming year. Assembly Bill 15 (Chiu), would extend protections under Assembly 3088 (Chiu, 2020) through December 2021.
Under current law, tenants are protected from evictions due to non-payment of rent, so long as they can prove financial distress due to COVID-19 and pay at least 25 percent of their total rent payments due between September 1, 2020 – January 31, 2021. Starting February 1, landlords are free to resume evictions if a tenant cannot make rental payments in full, regardless of their pandemic hardship. AB 15 would extend the period of coverage by 11 months to December 31, 2021, offering added protections for California renters continuing to face the economic fallout from COVID-19 in the months to come.
AB 15, introduced earlier this month, has not been scheduled for a Committee hearing. If you support stronger eviction protections for COVID-affected renters, please contact your local Assemblymember and urge them to support extending and strengthening California’s eviction protections. You can find your Assemblymember here.
AB 71 – Bring California Home
Last month, LAHSA and partners introduced Bring California Home (BCH), a statewide campaign calling on Sacramento to create a permanent funding source for homelessness and support local communities in their efforts to bring more Californians closer to permanent housing.
Assembly Bill 71 (L. Rivas-Chiu), will carry the proposal through the State Legislature. The bill seeks to establish $2.4 billion in new, on-going funding to support a comprehensive homelessness response strategy. Funding would support local jurisdictions in implementing and scaling evidence-based solutions to homelessness, and promote nimble, effective solutions that help ensure that homelessness is rare, brief and nonrecurrent.
More details on the Bring California Home campaign and AB 71 are available on the campaign's website. If you support ongoing funding for homelessness, we encourage you to contact your legislators and urge their support for this bill.
We thank Assemblymembers Luz Rivas, David Chiu, and Sharon Quirk-Silva for their leadership on this effort and tireless advocacy on behalf of California’s most housing insecure.