Fast Track Homeless Housing ApprovalState:CaliforniaWho Decides?OfficialsCurrent Status:In Committee
25% of the nation’s total homeless population and almost half of the nation’s unsheltered population reside in California.
California now has one of the highest rates of homelessness per resident, twice as high as the national average.
Introduced by State Assemblymembers David Chiu (D-San Francisco) and Tom Daly (D-Anaheim), AB-2162 would fast track the development of affordable housing with supportive services. A widely supported means to address homelessness, supportive housing offers both housing and supportive services to at-risk people. It's a comprehensive solution to a problem rather than a band-aid fix like a shelter.
Housing developments that are 100% affordable and set aside at least 35% or 15 of it's units (whichever is greater) to supportive housing would qualify for expedited approval . The bill also includes a one-time budget request of $1 billion to build affordable housing and support programs designed to help California’s chronically homeless individuals. The Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) and Housing California are co-sponsors.
Research has shown that coupling permanent housing with supportive services is highly effective at maintaining housing stability, as well as improves health outcomes and decreases the use of publicly funded institutions. In a Help End Chronic Homelessness (CICH) program, 95% of people who had been chronically homeless for an average of 8 years or more and were placed in supportive housing, were in independent housing after 12 months.
Supportive housing also costs less than other systems where its tenant base may reside, such as jails, hospitals, mental health facilities, and even shelters.
The bill is currently in the Assembly Local Government Committee. If it passes this committee, it will move to the State Assembly for a vote.