This is an excerpt of CEO Fred Blackwell’s guest commentary published in CalMatters on October 21, 2021.
Our congressional leadership can save lives and protect California families by ensuring that housing priorities are kept in the Build Back Better legislation package now under consideration. Funding three crucial housing programs will help ensure California families can afford a place to call home and encourage creation of the affordable housing our state needs.
We know that we have a serious housing crisis in California — look no further than the RVs that line our streets and the tents that populate our parks. Because of laws that reinforce housing discrimination and economic policies that reduce housing supply, Black and brown communities are bearing the brunt of this crisis.