Policy: SB 567 (Durazo)- Homelessness Prevention Act
Summary: Builds on existing law to better protect California’s low-income renters from unjust evictions and exorbitant rent increases by: closing loopholes that allow for rampant no-fault just causes for eviction, expanding the population of protected tenants, limiting allowable rent increases to a more reasonable cap, and providing mechanisms for accountability and enforcement.
Co-sponsor(s): Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE), California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation, Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability, PICO California, Public Advocates, Western Center on Law and Poverty
Policy: SB 499 (Menjivar) - Cool Schools Act of 2023
Summary: Addresses the issue of hot surfaces on school campuses that impact the health and safety of children by requiring schools to create an Extreme Heat Action Plan. It would require them to install shade trees and mini-forests that have been shown to mitigate the impacts of extreme heat and pollution.
Co-sponsor(s): A Choice for Advocacy, Non-Toxic Schools
Policy: SB 555 (Wahab) - Stable Affordable Homes
Summary: Sets 5-and-10- year goals for the creation of below-market rate social housing units, with an emphasis on the lowest-income residents and charges the Department of Housing and Community Development with developing a plan, with Legislative recommendations, to achieve the state’s social housing goals, both through acquisition and preservation of existing housing and production of new social housing.
Co-sponsor(s): Public Advocates, Tenants Together, Housing Now
Policy: AB 527 (Calderon) - School Greening Projects
Summary: Establishes a grant program for educational agencies, nonprofit organizations, cities, counties, and districts to carry out K-12 school greening efforts. AB 527 would also require the department, before developing the grant process, to hold at least 2 public hearings to gather public input on the grant process development.
Policy: ACA 10 (Haney)- Constitutional Right to Housing
Summary: Would make an amendment to the State Constitution that declares every Californian has the fundamental human right to adequate housing on an equitable and non-discriminatory basis. State and local jurisdictions would be required to take progressive steps to fully realize adequate housing as a right. If passed in the Legislature and signed by the Governor, the amendment would have to be approved by California voters through a ballot proposition.
Co-sponsor(s): Abundant Housing LA, ACLU California Action, Alliance of Californians for Community, Empowerment (ACCE) Action, End Poverty in California (EPIC), Golden State Opportunity, Housing Now, National Homelessness Law Center, PowerCA Action, The Children’s Partnership, Western Center on Law and Poverty