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Support for AB 1197 Supportive Housing

Publication date: 
Friday, September 27, 2019

Topics: Supportive housing, homelessness

 

Description of Position

On September 23, 2019, Southern California Grantmakers submitted a letter of support for Assembly Bill 1197: Supportive Housing by Assemblymember Miguel Santiago. This bill will remove one of the barriers that slows down the development of new bridge and supportive housing in the City of Los Angeles, by eliminating the need for these projects to undergo the environmental review process mandated by CEQA. On September 26, Governor Gavin Newsom signed this bill into law. 

 

Background

AB 1197 will remove one of the barriers that slows down the development of new bridge and supportive housing in the City of Los Angeles, by eliminating the need for these projects to undergo the environmental review process mandated by CEQA. The 2019 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count reported over 36,000 homeless individuals in the City of Los Angeles alone, and the need to address the homelessness crisis with urgency and innovative solutions is critical. AB 1197 is a sensible approach that will open the path for the city to expedite the construction and reduce the costs of thousands of housing projects necessary to combat the humanitarian crisis of homelessness.

SCG has a long commitment to the wellbeing of communities in our region and throughout the state, including supporting philanthropy’s efforts to work with nonprofit partners and governments to address homelessness. In 2017, foundations gave $24.7 million to nonprofit organizations in support of housing and services for people experiencing homelessness. AB 1197 is a crucial part of the solution to facilitate the construction of supportive housing that has been funded with Measure HHH or HEAP.

 

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