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AHF Criticizes ‘Insufficient Rent-Gouging Bill’ and Warns of 8%, 9% Increases

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Housing Is A Human Right Criticizes Insufficient AB 1482 Rent-Gouging Bill

SACRAMENTO — California Governor Gavin Newsom is celebrating his signing of Assembly Bill 1482, which frames itself as providing the nation’s strongest statewide renter protections. Unfortunately, AB 1482 is insufficient in providing relief to California’s 17 million renters.

According to Housing Is A Human Right, AB 1482, which some have framed as “rent control,” is anything but. Rent control seeks to mirror the rate of allowable rent increases with the rate of inflation. AB 1482 instead allows landlords to raise rents 5% on top of inflation, annually. That means landlords can — and soon, they will — legally raise rents by 8 to 9% each year.

The organization believes that it might be one of the reasons why the California Apartment Association, the nation’s largest statewide lobbying group for landlords, didn’t oppose the bill.

Separately, the bill only actually affects 7% of rent hikes in the state, and it expires after only 10 years, securing long-term protections for no one. 

René Christian Moya, Director of Housing Is a Human Right, says, “What Californians desperately need in this period of runaway rental prices, and what polls show they overwhelmingly support, is real Rent Control Now! The Rental Affordability Act allows for that possibility.” 

Housing Is A Human Right is the housing advocacy division of AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF). HHR and AHF are the leading organizations behind the Rental Affordability Act, the ballot measure that allows communities to expand rent control in California.

The nationwide tenants movement is surging, believing that California renters are demanding solutions for the housing affordability and homelessness crises. HHR and AHF have already collected more than half-a-million signatures to put the Rental Affordability Act on the 2020 November ballot. 

In addition, they report a recent poll conducted by A/B Consulting and commissioned by AIDS Healthcare Foundation found that 75 percent of likely and extremely likely voters support the Rental Affordability Act.

To learn more about the Rental Affordability Act and to sign the petition, go to: https://www.housinghumanright.org/sign-raa/.

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Newsom Visits SoCal Homeless Shelters to Listen to Those in Crisis

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KOREATOWN (CBSLA) — Gov. Gavin Newsom toured Southern California homeless shelters Tuesday as he continues to fight to add $750 million to tackle the homelessness crisis.

The governor started his day in Riverside before visiting a board and care facility in Koreatown where he listened to the stories and concerns of residents living there.

Newsom said that homelessness has increased in California by 16.4% from this time last year, a jump of just over 151,000 people — 108,000 of whom are unsheltered. He said he and other state law makers have taken action to help across the state.

“In the next few weeks, this city and […]

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A Map of All the HHH-Funded Housing Projects Slated for This Year

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Here’s a Map of All the HHH-Funded Housing Projects Slated to Open This Year

LOS ANGELES (LA Mag) — The $1.2 billion bond measure got off to a slow start, but 15 projects are set to be completed in 2020

Last week, city and county officials gathered to celebrate the grand opening of a new, 62-unit supportive housing project in South Los Angeles.

Located at the corner of 88th and Vermont in the Vermont Vista neighborhood, it was the first housing development to be build with funding from Proposition HHH, a $1.2 billion bond measure passed by Los Angeles voters more than three years ago.

The proposition, which originally promised to fund 10,000 units of supportive housing for the chronically homeless over ten years, has fallen far short of its original goals, as projects have been beset by bureaucratic delays and skyrocketing construction costs.

So far, only 118 housing projects […]

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Funding Approved for Affordable Rental Housing Projects

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LOS ANGELES — Over the past week, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved funding for 10 affordable multi-family rental housing developments (projects) selected through the No Place Like Home (NPLH) Program Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) Round 2019-1.

The 10 projects will receive a total of $100,200,000 in NPLH funds. On April 30, 2019, the Los Angeles County Development Authority (LACDA), in partnership with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH), issued its first NPLH NOFA in the amount of $207 million.

While an initial amount of $207 million was made available, over $500 million in project funding was requested for 68 projects. After the completion of technical review, the LACDA recommended a total of 58 projects to receive funding to the LACDA’s Board of Commissioners, which will increase the County’s supply of affordable supportive housing by 3,600 units.

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