2019 LEGISLATIVE WRAP-UP: KEY HOUSING BILLS SIGNED INTO LAW!
The 2019 Legislative Session is over and we have much to celebrate -- most of NPH’s Priority Bills have been signed into law! In a statement, NPH Executive Director Amie Fishman notes how we’re at a crucial and unique moment in our affordable housing movement: “This package of bills represents a new approach to affordable housing and housing justice and marks an evolution in how our communities, coalitions, legislative leaders, and executive administration work together to create solutions for all Californians, no matter their race or income.”
Together, these affordable housing wins represent a comprehensive and holistic approach to housing solutions and a major step in the right direction. By embracing the “3Ps” of Production, Preservation, and tenant Protections, this strong package of bills can “address our region and state’s critical needs now, as well as set into motion policies and investments that create healthy, affordable, thriving communities for our future.”
While these bills represent a huge win for affordable housing, we still have much work to do to ensure they're implemented, as well as additional, critical legislation we'll be working to pass in 2020. Visit our Action Center for a full update on all our Priority Bills, including some that have been turned into 2-year bills.
We’re happy to share that the following key housing bills are now the law of the land:
AB 1486 (Ting): will transform surplus public lands into affordable housing
AB 1487 (Chiu): will allow the Bay Area to pursue regional housing solutions
AB 1482 (Chiu): will protect tenants from rent-gouging and unfair evictions
SB 329 (Mitchell): will help end section 8 housing discrimination
SB 330 (Skinner): which will help create more affordable homes by ensuring that local governments maintain consistent rules and regulations
AB 1763 (Chiu): which will reduce obstacles to building affordable housing developments near transit
NPH is looking for professionals who are passionate about affordable housing and ready to join us in working toward our vision of a future where everyone has a place to call home and where low-income communities, and communities of color, stay and prosper in the Bay Area. Check out these four brand new positions and please share with your networks:
PHOTOS AND RESOURCES FROM OUR ANNUAL AFFORDABLE HOUSING CONFERENCE NOW AVAILABLE!
Another big thank you to everyone who joined us on September 20 for our 40th Annual Affordable Housing Conference!
We're happy to share that Conference photos are now posted on our NPH Facebook pageand you can check out the Conference workshop pageto view presentations and handouts. Please note: the page will be updated on an ongoing basis as we work to collect workshop materials.
NPH Senior Policy Manager Pedro Galvao has been promoted to NPH Policy Director! NPH is grateful for all of Pedro's hard work this 2019 Legislative Session as well as in years prior. Thank you Pedro for diving into your leadership role!
NPH says farewell to Digital Communications Manager Yesenia Jameson, who did incredible work supporting communications for the 2019 Legislative Session and is now moving on to an exciting opportunity at the very end of the month. We appreciate Yesenia's time at NPH!
END-OF-YEAR ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES WITH NPH!
Check out the following trainings and events:
October 24, Sustainable Advocacy: Strategies and Tactics For Voter Engagement This Brown Bag training will explore the successful tactics employed by developers and resident services staff members to engage affordable housing resident voters, including in the lead up to the November 2020 elections. Register
November 13, Project-Based Voucher/Section 8 Training Join the Emerging Leaders Peer Network (ELPN) for an exciting lunchtime journey into the unknown and wonderful world that is Project-Based Section 8. The panel will explore the basics of the Section 8 Program and discuss allocation procedures, underwriting standards, and current trends. Register
November 15, Public Land for Public Good: Demystifying the Surplus Land Act and AB 1486 Join NPH along with Great Communities Collaborative and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s Community Development Department to learn how agencies can be better prepared to implement AB 1486 in service of expanding housing affordability in high opportunity areas. Register
November 20, 2019 ELPN Year-End Party Join ELPN to celebrate another full year of building, supporting, and advocating for affordable housing in the Bay Area! We’ll reflect on the year’s accomplishments in a relaxed atmosphere filled with food, drinks, and a merry time. Register
10/18 Housing California Annual Conference Workshop Proposal Deadline. Housing California is now accepting proposals for their 2020 Annual Conference, Our Home, Our Voice, Our California, which will take place April 14-16, 2020 in San Diego.
They're looking for innovative, interactive workshop proposals that push the field and consider transformative changes to the way we address challenges in policy and government systems, affordable and supportive housing finance and development, equity and inclusion, community organizing, and strategic communications.
10/29 Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County's "Home Could Be Here" BBQ. Join HLC for great food, music, and to take a stand with them to encourage the Caltrain Board to pass an affordable housing policy. This BBQ will draw awareness to the severity of the housing shortage and call on the Caltrain Board to take action.
11/13 East Bay Housing Organizations' Annual Membership Celebration. Join EBHO for an evening of community connection, celebrating our wins, and committing to work together for housing justice in the big year ahead.
Coalition Corner: 12/3 The Bay Area Senior Health Policy Coalition's "Shaping the Future Together: Aging in the Bay Area." Join over 200 aging advocates, policymakers and stakeholders at this one-day conference for action-oriented and engaging sessions on issues impacting the Bay Area’s aging population.
Coalition Corner: 10/20 Urban Habitat's Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute (BCLI). Want to join a network of social justice advocates influencing policy decisions on local and regional commissions? Then consider applying to Urban Habitat's BCLI, which trains and supports leaders from low-income communities and communities of color to advance equitable policies as advocate commissioners.