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March 4, 2013: NHLP Endorses the California Homes and Jobs Act

Introduced by California Senator DeSaulnier on February 20, 2012, the California Homes and Jobs Act of 2013, SB 391, would build affordable single-family homes and apartments for Californians in need, including low-income families, seniors, veterans, people with disabilities and people experiencing homelessness.

The California Homes and Jobs Act would generate an estimated $500 million in state investment and $2.78 billion in federal and local funding and bank loans for affordable housing development and jobs through a unique model of funding and investment.

Part of the funding will be produced by placing a small $75 fee at the time of recording of real estate documents, excluding home sales. The estimated $500 million revenue would be sent to the Department of Housing and Community Development and deposited in the California Homes and Jobs Trust Fund to support affordable housing development, administering housing programs, and costs of required audits and reports.

The act also builds on current public and private investment in affordable homes. Under existing law, the issuance of state general obligation bonds has built more than 174,000 affordable apartments, for-sale homes, and shelters through programs for emergency housing, multi-family housing, farmworker housing, home ownership for very low and low-income households (CalHome) and more. However, available funds are at the lowest they have been in years. Therefore, the newly introduced California Homes and Jobs Act would increase the amount of federal and local funds and private investment the state of California can leverage to an estimated $2.78 billion for affordable housing development.

The housing crisis for many vulnerable populations, especially low-income families with children is still ongoing. With demand for rental housing at an all-time high -and increasing- and the number of affordable housing units significantly lower, many low-income and vulnerable populations are unable to keep up with record-setting rent increases in California. Many low-income families risk joining more than 130,000 people who are homeless in California.

To find out more about the California Homes and Jobs Act or how you can participate or endorse it, visit http://www.californiahomesandjobsact.org/. The National Housing Law Project is one of the many organizations and individuals who have endorsed it.

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