California Lawmakers Launch Wave of Proposals to Fund Low-Income Housing

Lt. Gov. and California gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom walks through a playground as he visits the Alice Griffith Apartments on Aug. 22, 2018, in San Francisco. (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Lt. Gov. and California gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom walks through a playground as he visits the Alice Griffith Apartments on Aug. 22, 2018, in San Francisco. (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Low-income housing developments in California could receive a continued infusion of public subsidies under proposals unveiled this week by state lawmakers.

Multiple new bills call for new funding for low-income housing through a revival of an urban redevelopment program and by increasing tax credits to fund new projects. Legislators have failed to pass versions of the same measures in years past, but have new hopes because Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom campaigned on spending more money on housing. They also point out the state budget’s bottom line remains strong.

“Our housing crisis is dire and persistent, and our state must be just as aggressive and persistent in order to solve it,” Assemblyman David Chiu (D-San Francisco) said in a statement. “With a new governor and an extraordinary budget surplus, now is the time to make significant, ongoing investments in affordable housing.”

Chiu’s Assembly Bill 10 would increase the state’s allocation of low-income housing tax credits by $500 million — a fivefold increase over the current limit and the figure that Newsom proposed during his gubernatorial campaign. The system allows housing developers to apply to the state for credits that investors buy to lower their own tax payments. Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed an attempt to boost the tax credit in 2015, citing costs to the state budget.

Read the full story at LATimes.com.

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