Landlords at the 2019 California Landlords’ Summit on Homelessness last week pledged 84 units toward housing Kern County’s homeless population. The pledge builds on the success of last year’s inaugural summit, which saw 60 units committed. More than 300 landlords, property managers, and other rental housing industry professionals attended this year’s event, held June 20 in Bakersfield. The Income Property Association of Kern, a chapter of the California Apartment Association, organized the event with the help of CAA, Adventist Health Bakersfield, the Kern County Superintendent of Schools, and the Housing Authority of the County of Kern. Ted Iturriria, a Bakersfield-based… Read More
Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed a bill that will streamline the approval of certain affordable housing projects with units for the homeless. The California Apartment Association supported the bill, AB 2162 by Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, and coauthored by Assemblyman Tom Daly, D-Anaheim. The legislation will expedite the approval of affordable housing developments with a certain percentage of “supportive housing.” Supportive housing means housing with no limit on length of stay, that is occupied by persons with low incomes who have one or more disabilities, including mental illness, HIV or AIDS, substance abuse, or other chronic health condition.… Read More
Gov. Jerry Brown this week signed a bill that will establish the Orange County Housing Trust, a public-private effort that’s expected to finance 2,700 units of “supportive housing” for the homeless. The California Apartment Association supported the bill, AB 448, which was introduced by Assemblymembers Tom Daly, D-Anaheim, and Sharon Quirk-Silva, D-Fullerton, and sponsored by the Association of California Cities – Orange County. AB 448 will create a single-purpose joint-powers authority that will serve as convener of all stakeholders and collaborators for the production of supportive housing in Orange County. The bill represents a bipartisan effort to tackle Orange County’s… Read More
The Long Beach City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to have city staff identify a permanent funding source to combat homelessness and promote affordable housing. Under the proposal from Councilman Rex Richardson, the city will begin exploring potential funding sources. The California Apartment Association has supported such efforts previously, including Measure H in Los Angeles County and Measure HHH in the city of Los Angeles. You can read motion from Councilman Richardson here. If you are interested in the efforts of the city as it relates to this matter, please do not hesitate to contact CAA representative Fred Sutton at… Read More
The California Apartment Association’s Orange County Division has been honored for its work with Families Forward to help end homelessness in the region. The accolades came April 28 at the 2018 Spirit of Volunteerism Awards. CAA Orange County had been nominated for the award by Families Forward. Matt Buck, vice president of public affairs for CAA Orange County, attended the ceremony. “It was an amazing experience to have CAA recognized at Orange County’s largest event celebrating businesses and individuals who partner with nonprofits,” Buck said. More than 1,000 attendees watched as CAA was announced as Families Forward’s partner, and the… Read More
The California Apartment Association has identified three noteworthy bills to help address the state’s growing homelessness crisis. SB 918 by State Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, would establish $60 million in grants from the cannabis tax and other funds to provide rental assistance, transitional housing and shelters for homeless youth. The bill would also streamline the state’s efforts to combat homelessness among minors.
A 3-mile stretch of biking trails along the Santa Ana Riverbed near Angel Stadium has long been an encampment site for Anaheim’s homeless population. Over the past three years, however, the site’s population has increased exponentially. Estimates now put the homeless population along the riverbed path at between 500 and 1,000. On Jan. 22, the county began clearing out the camp. The idea was to prevent a health crisis like the Hepatitis C outbreak caused by unsanitary conditions at a homeless camp last year in San Diego.
The California Apartment Association’s Orange County Division has been nominated by Families Forward for the 2018 Giving is Living Award. “The California Apartment Association has made a commitment to our organization as a true community partner, supporting Families Forward in a wide variety of ways to ensure that parents with children who are in crisis, and living in their car or on the street, have the chance to find safety in stable housing and the opportunity to provide for their family again,” said Madelynn Hirneise, director of property acquisition and management for Families Forward. Hirneise added, “We couldn’t do this… Read More
After hearing from CAA, the city of Anaheim’s Homeless Policy Working Group removed rent control as a possible solution to end homelessness. During public comment Nov. 3, CAA addressed the Working Group about the ill-effects of rent control and the negative consequences that such a policy would bring.