SACRAMENTO – Today, two of Assemblymember Richard Bloom’s housing bills passed the California State Assembly. The measures, AB 1521 and AB 1568, each tackle different components of California’s housing crisis, including affordable housing and financing for construction.
The vote on these measures occurred a day after new, alarming data on homelessness in Los Angeles was released by the L.A. Homeless Services Authority. The data, compiled through the Authority’s annual homeless count, found that the county’s homeless population rose by 23% over the last year.
“I’ve participated in LA County’s homeless count for the past several years and have witnessed firsthand the toll this housing crisis is taking on our communities,” said Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica). “As housing costs continue to climb, more families are being pushed out of their homes and onto the streets. I am proud to see two of the eleven housing bills I introduced to address this crisis move forward today.”
AB 1521, which passed on a 50-6 vote, strengthens California’s existing Preservation Notice Law by requiring owners of expiring affordable rental properties to accept market-rate purchase offers from a preservation entity that intends to maintain the property’s affordability restrictions. This will protect families from displacement and preserve affordable units a time when those units are increasingly scarce.
AB 1568, which passed on a 52-5 vote, provides local jurisdictions with another tool to finance the construction of infrastructure and affordable housing. The measure allows locals to use new sales and use taxes and property tax increment within enhanced infrastructure improvement districts to finance infrastructure, creating a new dedicated funding source for affordable housing.
Both bills, which have support from organizations such as the American Planning Association, League of Conservation Voters, Western Center on Law & Poverty, and CA Rural Legal Assistance Foundation, are now headed to the Senate.
Richard Bloom chairs the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Natural Resources and Transportation. He represents California’s 50th Assembly District, which comprises the communities of Agoura Hills, Bel Air, Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Hollywood, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, Topanga, West Hollywood, and West Los Angeles.