SB 50 – The More HOMES Act

Senate Bill 50 would have legalized more homes near key job centers and public transportation. It included strong protections against displacement for renters and vulnerable communities in those areas.

The bill sought to ensure that the benefits of public investments in transportation and other amenities like parks, health care providers, and good schools are broadly accessible to Californians of all incomes. It proposed a default zoning program for cities that chose not to adopt their own local plans.

SB 50’s default program would’ve allowed more density on sites that are either within ½ mile of high-quality public transportation or within a job-rich, high-opportunity neighborhood close to key job centers. In both cases, the bill included specific requirements to provide low-income housing in new development to ensure that market-rate construction is always coupled with affordable units for the lowest income Californians.

In addition to relieving California’s acute housing shortage and affordability crisis, it would have been a major contributor to climate mitigation by reducing pollution from car travel. 

Click here for the official fact sheet.

Click here for the MapCraft analysis of SB 50.

Author: Senator Scott Wiener (D, SD 11)

Co-authors:
Sen. Anna Caballero (D-Salinas)
Sen. Ben Hueso (D-San Diego)
Sen. Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg)
Sen. John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa)
Sen. Richard Roth (D-Riverside)
Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley)
Asm. Kansen Chu (D-San Jose)
Asm. Tyler Diep (R-Westminster)
Asm. Vince Fong (R-Bakersfield)
Asm. Ash Kalra (D-San Jose)
Asm. Kevin Kiley (R-Rocklin)
Asm. Evan Low (D-Campbell)
Asm. Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento)
Asm. Sharon Quirk-Silva (D- Fullerton)
Asm. Robert Rivas (D-Hollister)
Asm. Phil Ting (D-San Francisco)
Asm. Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland)

Sponsors: California YIMBY, along with the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California and the California Association of Realtors

Resolution:
After being held in Appropriations in 2019, the Senate failed to advance SB 50 in January 2020.

Senate Floor (1/30/2020): 18 Yes / 15 No

Click here for a detailed vote history.

Press Coverage

  • “SB50 Could Make California Livable Again” – The Atlantic
  • “SB 50 will create more housing and affordability in CA” – Sacramento Bee
  • “Opinion: If you care about California’s housing crisis, give SB 50 a chance.” – Los Angeles Times
  • “Editorial: SB50 is back, and so is the shouting” – The San Francisco Cronicle
  • “Editorial: Hey, Gov. Newsom: Take a stand on SB 50 to ease California housing crisis” – The San Diego Union Tribune
  • “The Housing Bill Is Dead. Long Live the Housing Bill?” – The New York Times
  • “Editorial: Getting serious about California’s housing crisis means moving SB 50 forward” – Los Angeles Times

Supporters:

  • 6Beds, Inc.
  • Abundant Housing Los Angeles
  • American Association of Retired Persons – (AARP)
  • Associated Students of San Jose State University
  • Associated Students of the University of California (ASUC)
  • Associated Students of the University of California, Irvine (ASUCI)
  • Bay Area Council
  • Bay Area Housing Advocacy Coalition
  • Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)
  • Black American Political Association of California (BAPAC) – Sacramento Chapter
  • Bridge Housing Corporation
  • Building Industry Association, Bay Area
  • Burbank Housing Development Corporation
  • California Apartment Association
  • California Asian Pacific Islander Chamber of Commerce
  • California Building Industry Association – (CBIA)
  • California Chamber of Commerce
  • California Community Builders
  • California Community Economic Development Association
  • California Downtown Association
  • California Foundation of Independent Living Centers
  • California Labor Federation
  • California League of Conservation Voters – (Conditional Support)
  • California Public Interest Research Group (CalPIRG)
  • California Renters Legal Advocacy and Education Fund (CaRLA)
  • California State Building and Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO
  • California State Controller, Betty Yee
  • California State Treasurer, Fiona Ma
  • Central City Association of Los Angeles
  • Chicano Federation of San Diego County
  • Circulate San Diego
  • City and County of San Francisco, Mayor London Breed
  • City of Anaheim, Councilmember Jordan Brandman
  • City of Berkeley, Councilmember Rigel Robinson
  • City of Campbell, Former Councilmember Jeffrey R. Cristina
  • City of Carson, Mayor Albert Robles
  • City of Carson (Conditional Support)
  • City of Culver City, Councilmember Alex Fisch
  • City of Culver City, Mayor Meghan SahliWells
  • City of El Cerrito, Councilmember Gabe Quinto
  • City of Emeryville Councilmember Dianne Martinez
  • City of Emeryville, Councilmember John Bauters
  • City of Fairfield, Councilmember Chuck Timm
  • City of Foster City, Vice Mayor Herb Perez
  • City of Fullerton, Councilmember Ahmad Zahra
  • City of Half Moon Bay, Mayor
  • Councilmember Deborah Penrose
  • City of La Mesa, Councilmember Colin Parent
  • City of Los Gatos, Councilmember Rob Rennie
  • City of Milpitas, Former Councilmember Marsha Grilli
  • City of Monterey, Councilmember Tyller Williamson
  • City of Moreno, Councilmember David Marquez
  • City of Oakland, Mayor Libby Schaaf
  • City of Palo Alto, Councilmember Adrian Fine
  • City of Pinole, Councilmember Vincent Salimi
  • City of Rancho Cordova, Councilmember Donald Terry
  • City of Rohnert Park, Councilmember; Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Commissioner and Past Chair, Jake Mackenzie
  • City of Sacramento, Mayor Darrell Steinberg
  • City of San Jose, Mayor Sam Liccardo
  • City of South San Francisco, Former Mayor Pradeep Gupta
  • City of Stockton, Mayor Michael Tubbs
  • City of Woodland, Councilmember Enrique Fernandez
  • Clínica Monseñor
  • College Democrats of the University of Southern California
  • Council of Infill Builders
  • County of Alameda, Supervisor Keith Carson
  • County of Humboldt, Supervisor Steve Madrone
  • County of Imperial, Supervisor Michael Kelley
  • County of San Joaquin, Supervisor Miguel Villapudua
  • County of San Mateo, Supervisor David Canepa
  • County of San Mateo, Supervisor Don Horsley
  • County of Santa Barbara, Supervisor Das Williams
  • County of Solano, Supervisor Jim Spering
  • Dana Point Chamber of Commerce
  • EAH Housing
  • East Bay for Everyone
  • East Bay Young Democrats
  • Emerald Fund
  • Environment California
  • Facebook
  • Fair Housing Advocates of Northern
  • California Fieldstead and Company, Inc.
  • First Community Housing
  • Fossil Free California
  • Greater Ontario Business Council
  • Grow The Richmond
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Haight Ashbury Neighbors for Density
  • Hamilton Families
  • Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Homeless Services Center (Santa Cruz)
  • House Sacramento
  • Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County
  • Initiating Change in Our Neighborhoods (ICON) Community Development Corporation
  • Indivisible Sacramento
  • Inland Empire Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • LandWatch, Monterey County
  • League of Women Voters of California
  • Livable Sunnyvale
  • Local Government Commission
  • Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) San Diego
  • Los Angeles Business Council
  • Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce
  • Mission YIMBY
  • Murrieta Chamber of Commerce
  • National Association of Hispanic Real Estate
  • Professionals (NAHREP)
  • Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
  • New Way Homes
  • NextGen Marin
  • North Bay Leadership Council
  • North Orange County Chamber of Commerce
  • Northern California Conference of Carpenters
  • Northern Neighbors
  • Oakland Chamber of Commerce
  • Orange County Business Council (OCBC)
  • Orange County Poverty Alleviation Coalition
  • Oxnard Chamber of Commerce
  • Pacoima Beautiful
  • Pacoima Community Housing Corporation
  • Peace Builders of Orange County
  • Peninsula Young Democrats
  • People for Housing – Orange County
  • Progress Noe Valley
  • Related California
  • San Diego Chamber of Commerce
  • San Francisco Foundation
  • San Francisco Housing Action Coalition
  • San Francisco Planning and Urban Research (SPUR)
  • San Mateo Building Trades Council
  • San Mateo Labor Council
  • Santa Cruz County Business Council
  • Santa Cruz County Chamber of Commerce
  • Santa Cruz Yimby
  • Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • Save the Bay
  • Silicon Valley @ Home
  • Silicon Valley Community Foundation
  • Silicon Valley Leadership Group
  • Silicon Valley Organization
  • Silicon Valley Young Democrats
  • South Bay Jewish Federation
  • South Bay YIMBY
  • Southern Alameda County Young Democrats
  • State Council on Developmental Disabilities
  • Stripe
  • TechNet
  • The Two Hundred
  • TMG Partners
  • University Council – American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT)
  • Up For Growth, California
  • Valley Industry Commerce Association (VICA)
  • YIMBY Action
  • YIMBY Democrats of San Diego