Policy & Legislation

Check back soon for our priority bills in the 2020 legislative session

SB 50 - The More HOMES Act

SB 50 is the most substantial housing reform legislation in decades, and would fundamentally transform our ability to build affordable homes in California’s cities. The bill includes robust tenant protections and affordable housing requirements, along with provisions that ensure new homes are built near jobs and transit — a vital step toward meeting California’s aggressive climate change goals. To learn more, visit our More HOMES Page.

SB 592

SB 592 would amend the Housing Accountability Act to include protections for Accessory Dwelling Units. The Housing Accountability Act (HAA), passed in 1982, is designed to make sure our cities step up to the task of providing housing for their residents and face penalties when they don’t. SB 592 updates the HAA with important clarifications, such as protections for Accessory Dwelling Units, or “Granny Flats,” that will help make sure there’s a level playing field across our state for more homes. Read our support letter for SB 592 here.

ACA 1 – Affordable housing and public infrastructure

ACA 1 is a proposed California Constitutional amendment on the 2020 ballot that would make it legal for a 55% majority of voters in a city to approve new funding for affordable housing and other vital urban infrastructure. Currently, efforts to raise new funds for affordable housing must be approved by 67% of voters — a threshold that is unreasonably high. The law would have made a huge difference in places like  San Jose, Santa Rosa, and Santa Cruz, which in November 2018 tried — and failed — to pass housing bonds to support local affordable housing. Had ACA 1 been law at the time, each bond would have passed. ACA 1 would make it easier for cities across California to build more low-income housing.
You can read our full letter supporting ACA 1 here.

SCA 1 – Public housing projects

SCA-1 is a proposed California Constitutional amendment on the 2020 ballot that would repeal Article 34 of the California State Constitution. Article 34 requires a local government to hold an election every time a low rent building is built with 51 percent or more of government funds. Being able to vote on whether one will have low-income neighbors is inherently exclusionary, and it is morally reprehensible that California still requires this. We applaud SCA 1 for proposing to fully repeal this provision, and we look forward to mobilizing for its passage at the ballot box.
You can read our full letter of support for SCA 1 here.