We are thrilled to announce AHLA’s legislative priorities for 2022. There are more than 130 proposed housing bills on the table for this legislative year. As our team review and make comments on the proposals, 10 emerged as the most impactful in boosting housing production, funding affordable housing, and protecting low-income people and the unhoused:
AB 2097 (Friedman). This is our top priority. AB 2097 empowers more affordable homes near transit by removing costly, wasteful, and traffic-inducing minimum parking mandates for areas well-served by transit.
SB 679 (Kamlager). SB 679 boosts funding for affordable homes by creating the Los Angeles County Affordable Housing Solutions Agency (LACAHSA), which will have the ability to finance affordable housing in LA County.
AB 2011 (Wicks). AB 2011 legalizes housing in commercial zones statewide. This will significantly expand infill affordable housing opportunities for struggling families, seniors, workers, and veterans – while also growing a thriving, well-paid, middle-class construction workforce.
AB 1685 (Bryan). AB 1685 relieves unhoused people from parking tickets, allowing them to focus all their resources on getting rehoused and getting well.
AB 2050 (Lee). AB 2050 protects long-term, low-income tenants from Ellis Act loopholes by requiring at least five years of ownership before the Ellis Act may be invoked to withdraw rent-stabilized housing from the market. This bill targets serial evictors abusing the Ellis Act to flip rent-controlled buildings.
SB 886 (Wiener). SB 886 expedites student, staff or faculty housing projects undertaken by public universities by exempting most of them from CEQA.
AB 1910 (C. Garcia). AB 1910 provides a grant program for cities to convert underutilized, public golf courses into housing, affordable housing and public parks.
AB 1778 (C. Garcia). AB 1778 combats patterns of environmental injustice and prevents home demolitions by prohibiting the state from funding freeway widening projects in areas with high pollution and poverty.
SCA 2 (Allen and Wiener). SCA 2 gives Californians a chance to reconsider Article 34 of the California Constitution, which requires a voter referendum for low-income social housing projects.
ACA 14 (Wicks). ACA 14 funds affordable housing by dedicating 5% of the state’s General Fund revenues annually to affordable housing over the next decade.
We’ve enjoyed a productive and history-making legislative year in 2021. Now, we need to build on this success to keep pushing housing reform forward, until all Angelenos are affordably and fairly housed. You can help today by visiting and sharing our Online Action page, which contains advocacy tools for most of these 10 important bills (more to come). We are in business to put ourselves out of business by solving the housing affordability crisis. Let’s get it done!
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