What People are Saying About The More HOMES Act

Authors & Sponsors

Senator Scott Wiener, Primary Author

 “We must take bold steps now to address our severe housing crisis and reduce our carbon footprint,” said Senator Wiener. “California’s housing shortage hurts our most vulnerable communities, working families, young people, our environment, and our economy. It also increases homelessness. For too long we have created sprawl by artificially limiting the number of homes that are built near transit and job centers. As a result of this restrictive zoning in urbanized areas, people are forced into crushing commutes, which undermines our climate goals, and more and more Californians are living in wildfire zones. As educational and economic opportunities become increasingly concentrated in and near urban areas, we must ensure all of our residents are able to access these opportunities. I am excited work with a diverse coalition to spur the development of more housing for all income levels while protecting vulnerable communities and ensuring we do more to address climate change.”

Brian Hanlon, President of California YIMBY, Sponsor

“California YIMBY is proud to co-sponsor this effort by some of the legislature’s strongest housing champions to help us solve the housing crisis,” said Brian Hanlon, President of California YIMBY. “The More HOMES Act gives cities new tools to address the housing shortage, and help us make sure that all Californians have access to jobs, educational opportunities, and secure, affordable housing.”

Other Groups

Cesar Diaz, Legislative and Political Director, State Building and Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO

“The State Building Trades Council applauds Senator Weiner’s continued efforts to make housing more available and affordable for California’s working class. We believe that working together will significantly advance transit-oriented development policies that provide residents, especially working families, access to affordable housing, services, and reliable and clean modes of transportation. We look forward to working with Senator Weiner to promote policies that will build more affordable housing while protecting workers and communities.”

Michael Lane, Policy Director – Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California (NPH)

“We were able to get to a support position on Senator Wiener’s transit-oriented upzoning bill in the last legislative session and his new local zoning reform bill is even better. Senator Wiener has made respectful, good-faith efforts to engage tenant and equity advocates across the state and address their valid concerns with upzoning. We are pleased to note that his new bill has even stronger safeguards for existing tenants and sensitive communities experiencing displacement pressures while creating greater access to high opportunity neighborhoods for lower income families. This legislation will greatly expand the number of viable sites for the development of much-needed affordable multifamily housing and we look forward to working with Senator Wiener in the new legislative session to perfect it and move it through the legislative process.”

Elected officials from around California

Libby Schaaf, Mayor, Oakland

“The Bay Area must address our shared housing crisis with bold solutions and this bill is an important step toward inclusive communities where everyone has access to stable housing. I appreciate that Sen. Weiner has included key elements of the CASA process – an 18-month effort by Bay Area government officials and stakeholders to create new regional housing strategies – and I am committed to working with the state legislature to implement these solutions.”

London Breed, Mayor, San Francisco

“San Francisco, along with the entire Bay Area, needs to create more housing if we are going to address the out of control housing costs that are causing displacement and hurting the diversity of our communities. I have seen too many people I grew up with pushed out of San Francisco because we have not built enough housing, especially affordable housing, throughout our entire City. I look forward to working with Senator Wiener and others to make sure SB 50 creates more housing opportunities near transit, while maintaining strong renter protections and demolition restrictions so we are focusing development on empty lots and underutilized commercial spaces. I want to thank Senator Wiener for his continued leadership in pushing for more housing throughout California.”

Darrell Steinberg, Mayor, Sacramento

“I strongly support the concepts outlined in SB 50 because cities throughout California are in the midst of a housing affordability crisis and we need tools that allow us to meet our housing demands. Recent state reports demonstrate cities are falling well short of the housing, climate and sustainable transit goals California committed to in SB 375, legislation I authored in 2008. Senator Weiner’s legislation provides a vital tool for local governments to meet those goals.”

Eric Garcetti, Mayor, Los Angeles

“Our state is coping with a housing crisis that threatens the California dream — and I applaud Senator Wiener for his bold efforts to help us get housing built while protecting people from being priced out of communities where they have invested so much of their lives. This bill is a good first step, and I will continue working with him to make certain that these statewide solutions are the right fit for Angelenos.”

John Bauters, Mayor, Emeryville

“Every city in California has to do its part to solve the housing crisis, and I’m proud to stand with fellow housing champions in support of the More HOMES Act,” said Mayor John Bauters of Emeryville. “In addition to the incredible burden on our workers, the housing crisis is now fueling the climate crisis by forcing people into long commutes. We should build much more housing near transit, and I’m excited to support this effort to do so.”