A bill has come up the state legislature right now, with a vote scheduled for September 1. It would authorize that all housing developments in California—including housing and commercial buildings—will be required to include affordable housing. The bill would have similar restrictions on housing developments, not just housing, but housing for people who are able to stay in their homes and their community of neighbors.
As of right now there are almost 2 million affordable housing developments, of which only 5,000 are located within a quarter-mile or more of where people have to live, according to the latest housing Census. Another 2.5 million developments are located within a quarter-mile or a half-mile from where people can easily find homes.
But housing developments are important to California, and for many reasons. And since housing is a necessity, they are also important.
“In terms of housing affordability, the best affordable housing solution is often one that is free—just like everyone else, affordable housing can have so many benefits that it doesn’t cost anything,” said Kim Kunming, a housing advocate.
A bill on the Assembly floor cleared the Assembly today. A similar bill is pending the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research and Transportation, the subject of the housing bill as well as on the Governor’s Office of Planning and the Governor’s Office of Planning and the Governor’s Office of Planning and Transportation.
There are over 300 bills already approved by the Governor on housing developments in California, making it the biggest of the California legislative session. One is A.B. 122, the bill that would allow certain developments, like those in Los Angeles, to include affordable housing for residents of lower-income communities and communities of color—one of the main arguments for it.
It’s a first for a state executive to recognize housing and its effects on public health and the environment.
A.B. 1247 from the Governor’s Office of Planning and the Governor’s Office of
As of right now there are two bills that have strong reactions from sustainable, active, and sustainable development proponents, but the two “are nowhere near enough” to include housing.
One is A.B. 773 from Assembly member David Chiu, a member of the L.A. Communities for Prosperity, which is pushing for the creation of affordable housing near transit and in communities of color. A.B. 783 from Assembly member Heath Flora (D-San Diego) would require developers to include affordable housing near high-quality transit. This is a huge step in a process that can take years—including the work of the L.A. Community Action Planning organizations, the Leadership Counsel for Justice, and the Leadership Counsel for Justice, and for the Center for Latino Progress.
Another is A.B. 1116 from Assembly member Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), who had strong opposition, since it would require developers to include affordable housing near transit and near affordable housing near transit. Bloom proposed that the developer would include affordable housing in affordable housing, and that the developer would have to provide an affordable housing unit.
It should also make it easy to build affordable housing if the developer owns it (and then not required to own it).
Many of Bloom’s concerns are not that the developer would be forced to give up on affordable housing. He wants the developer to build high-quality affordable housing—for all of the displacement, so it’s a natural interest to create affordable housing and develop affordable housing near transit. To that end, Bloom would also support California
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