Governor Jerry Brown recently signed six affordable housing bills supported by The Arc California, including:
- SB 2, which creates a $75 fee for real estate transaction documents not to exceed $225 per transaction, with a hardship refund for low income homeowners, to fund affordable housing projects;
- SB 3, which puts a $4 billion bond measure on the November 2018 ballot, providing $3 billion for existing affordable housing programs and $1 billion for veterans’ housing;
- SB 35, which exempts apartment developers who pay a prevailing wage from certain local regulations in communities that aren’t meeting housing production targets;
- SB 540, which allows local governments to create “workforce housing opportunity zones” in which development can be expeditated;
- SB 166, which requires local governments to accommodate unmet local housing needs throughout the entire planning process; and
- SB 167, which prohibits a local government from turning down a housing development for low, very low, or moderate-income households unless its rationale is supported by a preponderance of the evidence.