SLT applauds passage of SB 5 that should help with affordable housing |

SLT applauds passage of SB 5 that should help with affordable housing

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — The city of South Lake Tahoe applauded the passage Senate Bill 5 Wednesday and urged the governor to sign it into law.

The bill establishes a state partnership with cities and counties to provide ongoing, sustainable funding to subsidize affordable housing in South Lake Tahoe and communities throughout the state, the city said in a press rlease.

South Lake Tahoe is asking Governor Gavin Newsom to sign the legislation that will go a long way in helping cities address their affordable housing and homeless crises.

“SB 5 is the only piece of legislation this year that will directly result in affordable housing being built right away,” said City Manager Frank Rush in the release. “We’re struggling to build the housing we need in South Lake Tahoe to help lower-income families and those facing homelessness. SB 5 will provide us needed resources to house those most in need.”

SB 5 establishes a new, state-backed financing program that provides cities and counties resources to subsidize affordable housing, invest in infrastructure needed to support housing, and invest in housing near job centers. SB 5 commits $200 million in funding annually to cities and counties beginning in 2020, eventually capping at $2 billion annually.

When the state abolished redevelopment in 2011, it wiped out the only source of ongoing funding available to local governments to build affordable housing and supporting infrastructure, said the release.

More and more families have been priced out and the homeless population has exploded. Today, more than 2.2 million extremely low-income and very low-income renter households are competing for only 664,000 affordable rental homes. That leaves more than 1.5 million of California’s lowest-income families without access to housing, forcing many into homelessness.

“The state’s housing and homelessness crisis is impacting every community throughout the state and is an issue of statewide importance,” Rush said. “SB 5 brings the state in on a long- term basis as partners with local governments to build the housing we need. We urge Governor Newsom to sign this critical legislation.”

SB 5 contains strong accountability provisions. The legislation creates a statewide oversight body to approve or reject all projects proposed by local governments.

Additionally, cities and counties must submit annual reports to the Legislature. SB 5 creates an annual cap on funds available, and the Legislature can suspend funding for new plans during fiscal downturns. Lastly, SB 5 provides state resources to ensure funding for schools and community colleges are not impacted.

SB 5 is supported by a broad coalition of cities, counties, business, labor, local governments, housing advocates, and community leaders.

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