There is more to housing affordability than how much rent or mortgage you pay. Transportation costs are the second-biggest budget item for most families, but to date there hasn't been an easy way for people to fully factor transportation costs into decisions about where to live and work. The goal of the Location Affordability Portal is to provide the public with reliable, user-friendly data and resources on combined housing and transportation costs to help consumers, policymakers, and developers make more informed decisions about where to live, work, and invest.
Implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is happening fast in California and will have a huge impact on affordable housing and health care for low-income families, children, single adults, seniors and people with disabilities.
Come and join us in a workshop to learn how you and your affordable housing organization will be impacted by these upcoming changes in this workshop from SCANPH, partnered with Care1st.
This is one last thing you can do in 2013 to make for a better 2014!
We are making a final push to reach out to legislators -- while they are in the districts before heading back to Sacramento on January 3rd -- to remind them of the importance of affordable housing to their constituents. Most of them are having holiday parties, so we can easily take residents or other district community members to talk with them directly.
On November 19, the California State Board of Equalization reviewed a Request for Board's direction on a legal annotation regarding payments-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) made by low-income housing developers to local governments for costs associated with the low-income housing property. PILOT agreements are entered into between low-income housing developers and local governments to compensate local government for costs associated with the low-income housing property.
(from the Corporation for Supportive Housing) While there has been much in the news about the inaction of government in Washington, D.C. last week, the State of California took a giant leap forward toward repurposing $600 million in housing bonds to help low-income and homeless veterans access housing. Last week, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill AB 639 - Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Bond Act of 2014. Introduced by Assembly Speaker John A.
A new report, Getting Home: Outcomes from Housing High Cost Homeless Hospital Patients, published by the Economic Roundtable, shows that placing high cost homeless hospital patients into permanent supportive housing can significantly reduce annual public and hospital costs. According to the report, for every $1 spent to house and support homeless patients with chronic illnesses, $2 in public costs can be avoided in the first year after the patient is housed, and $6 in subsequent years.