Everyone in California needs a safe and affordable place to call home. Rents and mortgages within the reach of working families are critical to maintaining California’s business competitiveness. Let’s get California building again.
It’s the final week of our “6 Weeks of Action” to move SB 391 out of Assembly Appropriations. Thanks to you, we’ve collected more than 1,700 signatures on our petition in the past few weeks.
This week we start a friendly competition between districts in each region.
- Take Action: Help your district collect the most signatures in your region. (Find my Assembly district). Sign the petition and forward to ALL your contacts!
- Take a look at the starting numbers for your district (and find out who your competition is).
Next week, we’ll report back on the number of signatures for every district and announce the winner for each region. Most importantly, every signature collected sends a direct request to an Assemblymember to say YES to homes and jobs.
Find other ways to Get Involved.
Children from Affordable Homes Deliver Valentines to Assemblymembers
On Wednesday, February 12, 2014, children who live in affordable apartments delivered “Home is where the heart is Valentines” and asked Assemblymembers to vote yes on the CA Homes and Jobs Act, “because everyone should have a home.” SPECIAL THANK YOU to Mercy Housing California and LifeSTEPS for bringing children of affordable homes to participate in this special day. View photos from this amazing day.
- New! Indian Tribes fact sheet. In spite of being the proud home to the nation’s largest number of Native Americans (including 110 federally recognized tribes), many Tribal communities fall far short of having enough affordable homes to meet the needs of their members — an issue compounded by the lack of affordable-home funding sources available to Indian Tribes. SB 391 would provide a much-needed source of funding.
- The campaign launched 6 Weeks of Action to help move the bill out of the Assembly Appropriations Committee, plus more legislators show their support by signing on as bill co-authors, endorser list tops 600, and more residents join the campaign to create homes and jobs. Check it out in our February 06, 2014, Campaign Update.
- Business leaders understand the critical need for affordable homes. Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Gary Toebben in statement on Governor Brown’s proposed budget says Chamber looks forward to making “creation of affordable homes a top priority in 2014.” Read press release.
- In the Media . . . Steve Peck (U.S.VETS) and Bob Pratt (Volunteers of America) urge legislators to vote yes for homes and jobs in this great Veterans Day OpEd, Veterans need help with housing; legislation would help. Linda Mandolini (Eden Housing) discusses the California Homes and Jobs Act with KQED News. Check out the video.
The California Homes and Jobs Act (SB 391) will:
- Create 29,000 jobs annually, primarily in the beleaguered construction sector.
- Help businesses attract and retain the talent that fuels California’s economy.
- Generate an estimated $500 million in state investment and leverage an additional $2.78 billion in federal, local, and private investment.
- Deploy these dollars throughout California using a successful private/public partnership model, creating jobs and generating revenue for local governments.
- Build safe and affordable apartments and single-family homes for Californians in need, including families, seniors, veterans, people with disabilities, and people experiencing homelessness.
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