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Newsom to Sign AB 1482 for Statewide Renter Protections

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OAKLAND – Governor Gavin Newsom will kick off a statewide tour today to sign a series of bills that build on his administration’s efforts to tackle the housing affordability crisis. The Governor will sign the nation’s strongest statewide renter protection package and a number of other bills to address the rising costs of rent and housing.

AB 1482 by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) creates a statewide rent cap and eviction protections that are critical to combatting California’s housing and cost-of-living crisis.

Housing affordability has been a top priority for Governor Newsom. The state budget signed in June made a historic $ 1.75 billion investment in new housing and created major incentives – both sticks and carrots – to incentivize cities to approve new home construction.

The budget also provided $20 million for legal services for renters facing eviction as well as $1 billion to help cities and counties fight homelessness.

The high cost of housing and rent has also been the focus of executive action. In the first weeks of his administration, Governor Newsom signed an executive order that created an inventory of all excess state land in order to find parcels to develop into affordable housing, launching partnerships with six California cities in April to develop affordable housing on that land and, last week, announcing the first Request for Proposal on state-owned land will be issued in the City of Stockton. 

The Newsom administration has also enforced state housing law – putting more than forty cities on notice that they were out of compliance with state housing requirements and in jeopardy of legal action. In August, the Governor unveiled a proposal to create a permanent fund to provide legal support to Californians facing eviction or foreclosure.

On Wednesday, Governor Newsom will continue his rent and housing tour with stops in San Diego and Los Angeles and sign a number of bills aimed at boosting housing production across the state.

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LA LGBT Senior Services Affordable Housing Event -Feb 21

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PLUMMER PARK — The Los Angeles LGBT Center has a new development in senior housing, and are offering info and answering questions about 98 new affordable and accessible units -tomorrow at Plummer Park. The development, located at 1127 N Las Palmas, Los Angeles CA 90038, will be open in fall 2020, brought to us in part by Thomas Safran and Associates.

The Center’s case managers are experts at helping seniors navigate the complex world of Social Security, Medicare, affordable housing, and more. Please join them and learn about how to grab one of these apartments and what what services they offer for veteran and disabled community members.

Applications will be available Feb. 26-March 4.

More information about the housing at mccaddencampus.com

RSVP for Senior Services events through the Senior Services Portal (seniors.lalgbtcenter.org).

The Center’s website states “The LGBT Center is a safe and welcoming place where individuals of all ages can find help, as well as hope and support, when they need it the most…From housing homeless youth to providing affordable housing for seniors—and from helping transgender people find employment to providing legal support for asylum seekers—no organization serves more LGBT people than the Center.”

Check their calendar for upcoming activities and events that include:

  • Health and wellness programs
  • Enrichment classes (computer, writing, dancing, acting, photograph, etc.)
  • Monthly dinners and social networking opportunities
  • Cultural excursions (theater, opera, museums, etc.)
  • Educational seminars and workshop
  • Senior-Youth Photo Project
  • Senior-Youth Dinners

More info about the center at lalgbtcenter.org

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City Council Member Introduces Push for LA to Develop Social Housing

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Mike Bonin, City Council - Photo from mikebonin.com

LOS ANGELES (Urbanize LA) — The City of Los Angeles could be getting into the housing development game, according to a motion recently introduced by Councilmember Mike Bonin.

SVA Architects Citing a study from the California Housing Partnership and Southern California Association of Nonprofit Housing, Bonin notes that Los Angeles County needs to add more than 500,000 units of affordable housing simply to meet existing demand from low-income renters.

Given the scale of the current shortfall of low-income and mid-range workforce housing, Bonin contends that the region will never address its needs by relying solely on private sector builders to developer affordable housing through tax credits, subsidies, and zoning incentives.

Instead, Bonin proposes the development of social housing – housing that is both built and owned by the government. But rather than the housing projects […]

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Feb 11 & 18: Landlord/Tenant Workshops Discuss Rent Stabilization

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Los Angeles County rent control ordinance approved by Board of Supervisors

WEST HOLLYWOOD– The City of West Hollywood presents Tenant Advanced, the latest in a series of “RSO Building Blocks” workshops that educate property owners, managers, tenants, and other community members about the City’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance.

The February 11 session of the RSO Building Blocks series will provide tenants with an additional understanding of their protections under the Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO).

Topics will include eviction protections, tenant harassment and mediation services, social services for low-income seniors, reasonable accommodations under the Fair Housing Act, and information about pets, service dogs, and therapy animals. This follows the Tenant Basics workshop held on February 4.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 7 p.m. the West Hollywood Community Center at Plummer Park in Rooms 5 and 6, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard.

For more information, please contact Tom Trevor at (323) 848-6472 or ttrevor@weho.org.

The next Landlord Advanced Workshop: Rent Stabilization Ordinance Building Blocks — Tuesday, February 25 at 7 p.m.

This session of the RSO Building Blocks series will provide landlords with an additional understanding of the City’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO). Topics include registering new tenancies online, paying the program annual fee and how to correctly pass-through half of the fee to tenants, maintenance standards for paint, floor and window blinds, correctly calculating and applying allowable rent increases, maintaining housing services and parking, the rent stabilization petition and hearings process for determining maximum allowable rent and whether housing services have been reduced or removed, tenancy just-cause eviction protections, mediation available to resolve disputes and improve communication, responding to reasonable accommodations requests under the Fair Housing Act, information on pets, service dogs, and therapy animals, and the City’s policy against tenant harassment.

This follows the Landlord Basics workshop on Tuesday, February 18. For more information, please contact Tom Trevor at (323) 848-6472 or ttrevor@weho.org.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 7 p.m. the West Hollywood Community Center at Plummer Park, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard.

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