We are proud to join NPH and dozens of coalition partners from across California to send a clear message to state legislators: California needs more affordable housing, and we need it now. A joint advocacy letter to Governor Gavin Newsom and other elected officials calls for an investment of nearly $8 billion in the 2023-24 state budget for housing production and preservation and homelessness solutions designed to advance housing affordability and economic resilience in California.
This powerful coalition includes SFF grantee partners such as Housing CA, Housing Now, California Housing Partnership, PolicyLink, PICO California, Public Advocates, United Ways of California, and Western Center on Law and Poverty.
The letter is excerpted below:
We are collectively calling for investing $7.9 billion in a critical continuum of housing production, preservation, and homelessness programs to advance housing affordability and economic resilience in California. Our coalition stands by this full suite of investments as a holistic package that can ensure that our state continues to build and preserve deeply affordable housing to address our shortfall of over a million affordable units for people with extremely low incomes, prevent people from falling into homelessness and solve homelessness for thousands of our neighbors living on our sidewalks and in shelters, and address the disproportionate harms of skyrocketing housing costs, housing instability, and homelessness on Black, Indigenous, and other people of color living in poverty. $7.9 Billion Investment Strategy to Build on Progress on California’s Affordable Housing Goals.
Read the full letter.
$7.9 Billion Investment Strategy to Build on Progress on California’s Affordable Housing Goals funding:
- to unlock and accelerate production of 35,275 new affordable homes;
- to provide additional funding for the Homeless Housing, Assistance, and Prevention Program (HHAP) allowing 94,000 households to exit homelessness;
- to prevent displacement and homelessness for low-income households and preserve new affordable homes;
- to produce affordable homes through the CalHome Program to provide homeownership opportunities to 5,000 low-income Californians.
- to support the affordable housing needs of farmworker and tribal communities.
- to help tenants utilize federal Housing Choice Vouchers through landlord recruitment, services, and resources to connect landlords and tenants.
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