LAHSA Supports State Bills That Will Help Address Homelessness
As part of our efforts to bring our unhoused neighbors home, LAHSA seeks to work with legislators and change-makers to support bills that would help end homelessness in California. Recently, the LAHSA Commission approved letters of support on several bills that will help drive success.
The list of letters of support for bills that LAHSA supports is as follows:
- SB 914, written by Senator Susan Rubio, focuses on domestic violence survivors and ensures service coordination for this population is embedded into state and local homelessness plans. This is crucial because domestic violence is one of the leading drivers of homelessness for women and LBGTQ+ individuals.
- AB 2817, written by Assemblymember Eloise Gomez Reyes, would establish a one-time investment of over $5 billion to move 50,000 homeless people into housing over the next five years. This long-term funding would allow for more rental assistance, housing navigation, and creative solutions like master leasing that can end homelessness for people now while longer term strategies like affordable housing construction continue to play out.
- AB 2547, written by Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian, strives to offer stable housing for older Californians and people with disabilities by providing rental subsidies. These two groups are some of our most vulnerable populations that are susceptible to experiencing homelessness.
- AB 1991, written by Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel and sponsored by LAHSA and LA Family Housing, would provide clarity and guidance to providers who offer shelter for homelessness programs by making laws more clear regarding occupancy. Additionally, AB 1991 would protect those living in shelter by ensuring that they are not subjectively removed but would guarantee a predictable process for removing people from shelter programs which gives these participants a set of well-defined rights.
- AB 1816, written by Assemblymember Isaac Bryan, would fund housing, support services, and workforce development programs for formerly incarcerated people. Evidence shows that people on parole are ten times more likely to experience homelessness, and those who are homeless are seven times more likely to recidivate. AB 1816 would help close this potential revolving door.
- AB 1685, written by Assemblymember Isaac Bryan and sponsored by LAHSA and Housing California, establishes a state-wide program that would provide parking ticket relief by waving ticket balances for people experiencing homelessness. Vehicles are the last form of shelter to many people who are unhoused, and with outstanding balances, they are at risk of being towed.
- AB 1615, written by Assemblymember Phil Ting, focuses on increasing the duration of the Transitional Housing Program from 24 months to 36 months. Additionally, AB 1615 would change the age limit from 23 to 24 for all youth participating in the program, allowing for more time to secure post-housing placements.
To read our letters of support, please visit our website.