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Take Action Now to Support Funding
for Affordable Housing!

The availability of low-income housing for older adults is reaching a crisis level. Our population is aging rapidly. Today, almost 20 percent of Californians are over age 60 – a number expected to double in 40 years. With the increase in the size of California’s elder population, comes an increased demand for affordable housing.

Older adult households are more likely than their younger counterparts to spend more than 30 percent of their income on housing, forcing many seniors to have to choose between shelter and other necessities, such as food and health care. Affordable senior housing stock is already insufficient; on average, waiting lists at housing communities are over four years long.

Affordable housing for seniors allows seniors to age in place, can increase independence and provides access to community based services, such as transportation and meal programs. It is a necessary element to successfully caring for our aging adults.

California is simply not producing enough affordable housing units to keep up with demand. The single biggest reason for this is a lack of funding.

There are currently three bills in Legislature that aim to increase funding for affordable housing – Assembly Bill 71 (Chiu), Senate Bill 2 (Atkins), and Senate Bill 3 (Beall).

Send letters on behalf of your organization to support these three funding bills:

AB 71 (Chiu) – Seeks to expand the Low-income Housing Tax Credit Program by $300 million and will help the state leverage an additional $600 million in federal housing resources that would otherwise go unclaimed. It is estimated that AB 71 will help build more than 3,000 affordable homes each year. FIND SAMPLE LETTER HERE

SB 2 (Atkins) – The Building Homes and Jobs Act would create an ongoing funding source for affordable housing. The Act imposes a $75 fee on documents related to real-estate transactions, excluding home/commercial property sales, and is capped at $225. The funds generated would be deposited into a statewide housing trust fund and used to increase California’s supply of affordable homes, while creating jobs, and spurring economic growth without incurring additional debt. FIND SAMPLE LETTER HERE

SB 3 (Beall) – Would put a $3 billion general obligation bond on the November 2018 general election ballot. Similar to its predecessor Prop. 1C, the bond money would be used to create more affordable housing throughout the state. FIND SAMPLE LETTER HERE

Questions? Contact Meghan Rose, General Counsel and Director of Housing Policy, mrose@leadingageca.org.


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Assisted Living

ABHOW and be.group Unite as HumanGood
On July 10, 2017, ABHOW and be.group announced their official unification under the new name, HumanGood. HumanGood is now the largest nonprofit housing and service provider in California, and one of the 10 largest organizations of its kind in the nation.

Affordable Senior Housing

Full 202 Funding, Cuts to Other HUD Programs in House Bill
by Linda Couch, LeadingAge: Efforts by #SaveHUD202 advocates are evident in the House HUD appropriations subcommittee’s fiscal year 2018 (FY18) spending bill, which would fully renew Section 202 Project Rental Assistance Contracts and increase funding for Service Coordinators. The bill was voted out of subcommittee on July 11. The full committee could take the bill up as early as July 17.

Skilled Nursing

Governor Signs Budget Trailer Bill Authorizing Higher Staff-To-Patient Ratios In Skilled Nursing Facilities
On Wednesday, July 12, Governor Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown, Jr., signed SB 97, a budget trailer bill that will increase the minimum nursing hours per patient day (NHPPD) in nursing homes from 3.2 to 3.5 hours. Furthermore, this bill will also require than within the 3.5 NHPPD, certified nursing assistants (CNAs) cover 2.4 of those hours.