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Housing California Reports Available By State Senate and Assembly Districts

Housing California has made available, reports on housing affordability in the state broken down by state senate and assembly districts. A valuable source of information, these reports would be a useful resource and tool for anyone who would like to inform local policy makers in their communities.

Revising the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) Hearing Scheduled

CRA Bill To Be Introduced

(from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition) The National Community Reinvestment Coalition is confirming that a hearing on "Revising the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA)" has been scheduled in the House Financial Services Committee on Tuesday, September 21st at 2:00 pm.

In addition, in a meeting with John Taylor, Joe Kriesberg, Lou Finfer, and Tom Callahan late yesterday, Chairman Barney Frank confirmed that a CRA bill would be introduced shortly.

Out Of Reach Reports Available Now

SCANPH publishes an annual look at the cost of rental housing and homeownership in the Southern California region and takes a look at what workers' and their families need to earn to be able to afford housing here. Please click on the Out of Reach fact sheets below:

Link to Senator Steinberg Viewpoints: "Court closes one door, but redevelopment window is open"

Darrel Steinberg (D-Sacramento) is state Senate president pro tempore and a strong supporter of affordable housing in the California Legislature. The Senator had written a viewpoint for the Sacramento Bee, and SCANPH would like to share the link with our members here.

Housing California Provides Redevelopment Update

(from Shamus Roller of Housing California) Barring any action by the Legislature, redevelopment agencies will dissolve on February 1. While many of the details regarding dissolution are unclear, this result will undoubtedly make it more difficult to build homes for Californians of modest means.

House Housing Subcommittee to Hold Second Hearing on SESA (SEVRA)

(from Memo to Members of the NLIHC) The Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity of the House Financial Services Committee has scheduled several housing hearings for September. The subcommittee will hold a second hearing on the draft Section Eight Savings Act (SESA) bill on September 23 at 10 am. SESA is the House Republican version of the Section Eight Voucher Reform Act (SEVRA), which did not pass in the prior Congress.

"Housing Vouchers Help, Not Hurt, Neighborhoods Hurt by Foreclosures" by Barbara Sard

(by Barbara Sard of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities link here) Recent anecdotal reports suggest that some newly developed suburbs hit hard by the foreclosure crisis have seen an increase in the number of homes occupied by renters rather than owners, and that some of these renters are low-income families using federal housing vouchers. Critics accuse voucher holders of causing neighborhood decline, but the charge is inaccurate and unfair.

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