Housing Affairs Letter

California

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California Readies New Housing Push

Fresh on the heels of one of California’s most intensive and exhaustive campaigns for affordable housing, state lawmakers prepare to piggyback on their 2017 success and remedy the year’s failures with an avalanche of new legislation.

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New California Law Curbs NIMBYism

California lawmakers made it more difficult for neighborhood homeowners and others to object to construction of low-income housing.

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California Tackles Housing Head-On

Faced with an acute housing shortage, particularly affordable and low-income housing, and a dramatic rise in homelessness, California lawmakers send Gov. Jerry Brown (D) a package of bills designed to help ease the housing crunch.

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California Eyes Local Zoning Control

California lawmakers, fearful that the federal government’s new fair housing guidelines will be neutered by the Trump administration, move to exert state control over local zoning if municipalities fail to apply inclusionary zoning to advance low-income housing construction.

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Housing Money To Bail Out Medi-Cal

California senators are poised to pass a bill that would divert low-income and other housing funding to support physical rehabilitation of homeless patients served by Medi-Cal, the state’s version of Medicaid.

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California Seeks Homeless Bill Of Rights

A California state lawmaker wants to enshrine a homeless bill of rights to end criminalization of the homeless. The move by state Sen. Carol Liu (D) would create the Right to Rest Act, bringing to four the number of states attempting similar legislation -- Colorado, Hawaii, and

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News Bytes From Your Communities

There are few options to be found for low- and moderate-income workers hoping to live near public transportation in Chicago’s northern suburbs, according to a new report by the Winnetka, Il-based Open Communities and the Center for Neighborhood Technology. The report, titled Quality of Life, Equality of

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Rental Subsidies For L.A. County

A rental housing subsidy pool has been created by the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (DHS) in a effort provide safe and affordable housing for DHS patients who are homeless and have complex physical and behavioral health conditions.

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Novel Home For Skid Row Homeless

A former shopping center with rooftop parking will take on new life in a project by nonprofit housing developer Skid Row Housing Trust, which provides affordable housing and supportive services for the homeless.

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Low-Income Housing For Prime Property

Marin Community Foundation seeks ideas from developers for a chunk of prime Marin County, CA land for low-income housing. The project emerged after filmmaker George Lucas, rebuffed by neighbors when he wanted to build a film-production studio on the site, decided to build low-income housing instead

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