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League Releases Guide to New Housing Legislation

December 22, 2017
In response to changes in state housing laws that will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2018, the League of California Cities® has prepared a comprehensive compendium of key legislation to help cities prepare and comply.
A 2018 Guide to New Housing Law in California provides information on the most significant bills affecting cities contained in the housing bill package Gov. Jerry Brown signed this fall. Organized into three main categories — funding, streamlining and local accountability — the guide details provisions of each of these measures and answers important questions that cities may consider to comply with the new laws.

Local governments recognize the role they play in both planning for and approving new housing construction. In 2017, the League’s advocacy focused on two goals related to responding to the homelessness crisis and the affordability of housing across the state. Throughout the year, the League worked extensively with the Legislature to promote housing legislation to address housing supply and affordability. City officials, alongside the League, were successful in getting the Legislature to pass bills that provide much needed funding for affordable housing (SB 2 and SB 3) and mechanisms to streamline the housing approval process (SB 540 and AB 73).   
The League in 2018 will continue to advocate for resources to improve housing affordability in this state and address the homelessness crisis and supports the $4 billion bond that will go before voters on the November 2018 statewide ballot.

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