City Delegation Advocates for Housing and Homelessness Money

Travel to Sacramento to urge support of the Assembly’s $1.3 billion affordable housing allocation plan and $2 billion for the Senate’s "No Place Like Home" Initiative

May 23, 2016

A City delegation led by Councilmember Cedillo (Chair of Housing Committee), including Councilmember Mike Bonin (Homelessness and Poverty Committee), Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson (Chair, Homelessness and Poverty Committee), the City Administrative Officer and Chief Legislative Analyst, traveled to Sacramento to meet with state leaders regarding an Assembly proposal for $1.3 billion in affordable housing, and the Senate Initiative, “No Place Like Home.” The delegation met with Governor Jerry Brown, Senate Pro Tem Kevin De Leon, Senator Jim Beall, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, and Assemblymember David Chiu.

“Today we delivered a clear message to Sacramento. We need more affordable housing funding for the City of Los Angeles,” stated Councilmember Gil Cedillo. “Funding needs to be flexible for local governments to implement programs that make sense for our distinct communities. We must ensure the State prioritizes affordable housing in the upcoming budget and that there is adequate and equitable funding for Los Angeles.”

"Homelessness is a crisis that requires an all hands on deck approach, including support from legislators and leaders in Sacramento," said Councilmember Mike Bonin. "I am pleased to join my colleagues on this trip to talk about LA's urgent need for the funding that will create affordable housing and help address the crisis of homelessness on our streets."

"As Chair of the Homelessness and Poverty Committee for the City of Los Angeles, I enthusiastically welcome coordination with our colleagues in Sacramento. The issue of homelessness is not one dimensional, and should be addressed at every level of government," added Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson. "Our City and County are making an investment. I will continue to work with our State lawmakers to do the same."

The Assembly proposal seeks to fund a bundle of housing programs aimed at increasing affordability and treating and preventing homelessness. The budget allocation would fund the following: Rental Housing for Lower Income Working Families ($500 million); Homeownership Opportunities and Rental Housing for Working Families ($400 million); Housing for Farmworkers and their Families ($75.25 million); Seismic Retrofit of Soft Story Homes ($60 million); and Housing Assistance and Production for Homeless ($300 million). This would be the largest affordable housing allocation know in the history of the State ($1.3 billion).

Earlier this year the California State Senate introduced a strategic and first-of-its kind “No Place like Home” initiative. This unprecedented policy framework amounting to over $2 billion in support builds on years of research and best practices and is guided by the core belief that no individual or family in California should ever experience the uncertainty and pain of living without a home. The Senate legislative package on homelessness re-purposes Proposition 63 (2004) – The Mental Health Services Act – bond money and creatively leverages billions of additional dollars from other local, state, and federal funding to achieve the following goals: Construct permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless persons with mental illness ($2 billion bond; Provide supportive housing in the shorter-term, rent subsidies, while the permanent housing is constructed or rehabilitated ($200 million, over 4 years); Support for two special housing programs that will assist families: The “Bringing Families Home” pilot project—a county matching grant program to reduce homelessness among families that are part of the child welfare system, and The CalWORKs Housing Support Program—which provides housing and support services for CalWORKs families in danger of homelessness.

Councilmember Gil Cedillo currently represents the 1st Council District, which includes all or parts of the neighborhoods of Glassell Park, Cypress Park, Highland Park, Mt. Washington, Solano Canyon, Sycamore Grove, Elysian Park, Echo Park, Westlake, Angelino Heights, Temple Beaudry, Lafayette Park, Chinatown, Forgotten Edge, Lincoln Heights, Montecito Heights, Pico Union, Adams-Normandie, University Park, Mid Cities and Mac Arthur Park.

Councilmember Mike Bonin represents the 11th District, which is bounded by Mulholland Drive on the north, the Pacific Ocean on the west, Imperial Highway on the south, and (roughly) the 405 Freeway on the east. It encompasses the distinct communities of Brentwood, Del Rey, Mar Vista, Marina del Rey, Pacific Palisades, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista, Venice, West LA and Westchester.

Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson represents Council District 8, which encompasses parts of South Los Angeles and spawns from Baldwin Hills to the border of Watts. Neighborhoods include Vermont Knolls, King Estates, Canterbury Knolls, Park Mesa Heights, Baldwin Hills, Hyde Park, Chesterfield Square, Vermont Vista, Green Meadows, View Heights and West Park Terrace.

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