San Francisco, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     Bay Area universities and homeless advocates released a report on Thursday revealing the various barriers homeless San Franciscans face when accessing housing…..  The report’s authors, the Coalition on Homelessness and researchers with the University of California at Berkeley, San Francisco State University and Santa Clara University surveyed 600 temporarily housed San Franciscans, with a focus on transgender people …..  Participants revealed inequities that homeless transgender people face to obtain housing, poor shelter conditions, crowded living spaces and strict curfews, created even more barriers to housing. Fifty-eight percent of participants said they would prefer a legal homeless camp with basic amenities like showers and toilets while 34 percent reported having substance abuse issues…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER     …..     …..
Sacramento, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     Gov. Newsom said Wednesday that California is making an “unprecedented” effort to address homelessness, two days after lawmakers failed to pass a bill to massively increase housing production….. The governor said the state has placed more than 22,000 homeless Californians in 16,400 hotel and motel rooms amid the pandemic, and is giving cities and counties $600 million to purchase the rooms and convert them into permanent housing….. Local governments also got another $628 million in emergency homelessness aid….. “It’s self-evident that this has to be our top priority and it is,” said Newsom……   A bill heading to Newsom’s desk would create a state Office to End Homelessness, led by a new “homelessness czar.” But the governor said Wednesday he already has a homelessness czar — a seemingly fluid title, given that he’s used it to refer to six people in the past two years, including himself……      HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER…..     …..
Paso Robles, CA – Sept. 2, 2020      The temporary camping facility for homeless residents has been operational at the Borkey Flats site for a few weeks. The site has restrooms, showers, and a safe needle exchange program, and a safe parking area….. The City’s Community Action Team (CAT) has been visiting homeless encampments in the riverbed. They have visited 15-20 camps and informed individuals of the new camping site and of the city’s intent to clean up the riverbed to mitigate fire risk and protect water quality…… To date, three encampments have been cleaned up of all debris and waste products. The camping site has not seen high levels of utilization to date, but the city has seen a drop in fire activity since the CAT team has been active and cleanup has begun….. The city will need to move the Borkey Flats encampment in the winter given that it is in the flood plain, and continues to work with homeless service provider partners to identify long-term solutions…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER    …..     …..
Oxnard, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     The Vagabond Inn in Oxnard could soon transition from an affordable hotel option to permanent supportive housing for 70 of the county’s homeless residents, thanks to a state funding effort that aims to house California’s most vulnerable homeless individuals….. The Vagabond Inn is under consideration for funding under Project Homekey, the next phase in the state’s efforts to protect homeless residents who are high-risk for COVID-19. In July, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced $600 million in funding for cities and counties to convert motels, hotels and other housing types into permanent housing…..  “This is an opportunity that allows us to both respond to COVID-19 and respond to homelessness and the long-term need to provide housing,” said Oxnard Housing Director Emilio Ramirez…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER     …..     …..
Stanton, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     The County of Orange and Jamboree Housing Corporation submitted three applications as co-applicants and in partnership with the City of Stanton under the State Homekey program, all located in the City of Stanton, for a total request of $28.1 million in funding…..   The County recently received word that the State reserved funding for both The Tahiti Motel and Stanton Inn and Suites applications….. Two of the motels identified for funds in the City of Stanton include The Stanton Inn and Suites, on Katella Avenue and the Tahiti Motel, on Beach Boulevard. A third motel is in negotiation with the motel owner, they say. By the end of the project, 132 new affordable homes will be available for those experiencing homelessness.   Although this does not yet represent an award from the State, it is one step closer to securing funding to make the Homekey program work…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER…..     …..     …..  
Sacramento, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     Gov. Newsom said Wednesday that California is making an “unprecedented” effort to address homelessness, two days after lawmakers failed to pass a bill to massively increase housing production….. The governor said the state has placed more than 22,000 homeless Californians in 16,400 hotel and motel rooms amid the pandemic, and is giving cities and counties $600 million to purchase the rooms and convert them into permanent housing….. Local governments also got another $628 million in emergency homelessness aid….. “It’s self-evident that this has to be our top priority and it is,” said Newsom……   A bill heading to Newsom’s desk would create a state Office to End Homelessness, led by a new “homelessness czar.” But the governor said Wednesday he already has a homelessness czar — a seemingly fluid title, given that he’s used it to refer to six people in the past two years, including himself……      HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER…..     …..
Paso Robles, CA – Sept. 2, 2020      The temporary camping facility for homeless residents has been operational at the Borkey Flats site for a few weeks. The site has restrooms, showers, and a safe needle exchange program, and a safe parking area….. The City’s Community Action Team (CAT) has been visiting homeless encampments in the riverbed. They have visited 15-20 camps and informed individuals of the new camping site and of the city’s intent to clean up the riverbed to mitigate fire risk and protect water quality…… To date, three encampments have been cleaned up of all debris and waste products. The camping site has not seen high levels of utilization to date, but the city has seen a drop in fire activity since the CAT team has been active and cleanup has begun….. The city will need to move the Borkey Flats encampment in the winter given that it is in the flood plain, and continues to work with homeless service provider partners to identify long-term solutions…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER    …..     …..
San Francisco, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     Bay Area universities and homeless advocates released a report on Thursday revealing the various barriers homeless San Franciscans face when accessing housing…..  The report’s authors, the Coalition on Homelessness and researchers with the University of California at Berkeley, San Francisco State University and Santa Clara University surveyed 600 temporarily housed San Franciscans, with a focus on transgender people …..  Participants revealed inequities that homeless transgender people face to obtain housing, poor shelter conditions, crowded living spaces and strict curfews, created even more barriers to housing. Fifty-eight percent of participants said they would prefer a legal homeless camp with basic amenities like showers and toilets while 34 percent reported having substance abuse issues…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER     …..     …..
Stanton, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     The County of Orange and Jamboree Housing Corporation submitted three applications as co-applicants and in partnership with the City of Stanton under the State Homekey program, all located in the City of Stanton, for a total request of $28.1 million in funding…..   The County recently received word that the State reserved funding for both The Tahiti Motel and Stanton Inn and Suites applications….. Two of the motels identified for funds in the City of Stanton include The Stanton Inn and Suites, on Katella Avenue and the Tahiti Motel, on Beach Boulevard. A third motel is in negotiation with the motel owner, they say. By the end of the project, 132 new affordable homes will be available for those experiencing homelessness.   Although this does not yet represent an award from the State, it is one step closer to securing funding to make the Homekey program work…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER…..     …..     …..  
Oxnard, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     The Vagabond Inn in Oxnard could soon transition from an affordable hotel option to permanent supportive housing for 70 of the county’s homeless residents, thanks to a state funding effort that aims to house California’s most vulnerable homeless individuals….. The Vagabond Inn is under consideration for funding under Project Homekey, the next phase in the state’s efforts to protect homeless residents who are high-risk for COVID-19. In July, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced $600 million in funding for cities and counties to convert motels, hotels and other housing types into permanent housing…..  “This is an opportunity that allows us to both respond to COVID-19 and respond to homelessness and the long-term need to provide housing,” said Oxnard Housing Director Emilio Ramirez…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER     …..     …..

Eviction Moratorium Bill Passes Senate Judiciary Committee

‘Everyone is talking about renter relief, but where is ours?’

Assemblyman David Chiu. (Kevin Sanders for California Globe)

By: Evan Symon
August 19, 2020 —

On Tuesday, a bill that would halt evictions until sometime next year and give renters additional protections during the rest of the COVID-19 panic passed the Senate Judiciary Committee 6-0.

AB 1436 and the rent moratorium

Assembly Bill 1436, authored by Assemblyman David Chiu (D-San Francisco), would specifically enact the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020. The Act would halt evictions of any tenants who attest that they are facing COVID-19 related financial stress until either 90 days after the state of emergency has ended or until April 1, 2021. Landlords will not be able to pay off any missed rent with the renters security deposit. They would also be unable to charge tenants late fees under COVID-19 stress or end a tenancy. Landlords would also be unable to legally collect any missed  rent by affected tenants until either 15 months after the state of emergency, or until April 1, 2022.

Protesters marched to Councilwoman Suzie Price’s home to demand she support the cancellation of rent in Long Beach, Tuesday, June 23, 2020. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova.

AB 1436 also has similar rules in place for lenders and homeowners with mortgages. COVID-19 stressed borrowers can ask for a forbearance of payments lasting until until either 90 days after the state of emergency has ended or until April 1, 2021. When forbearance payments do come up post COVID-19, the lender must give a 30-day notice on when payments would begin.

Assemblyman Chiu had only introduced the refurbished, eviction-centric version of  AB 1436 in early June. He wrote the bill largely to avoid mass evictions later in the year due to many people either being out of work or being unable to work due to COVID-19. He also cited high rent costs and an already high homeless population within the state, with California and local governments facing a giant burden if evictions were allowed to proceed. AB 1436 is also a replacement for AB 2501, another renter and homeowner bill which failed in the Assembly in mid-June.

Financial stress for renters, financial ruin for landlords

“California simply cannot afford a wave of mass evictions,” Assemblyman Chiu said in June. “Doing nothing means millions could potentially be forced into homelessness. We are stepping in to keep tenants in their homes while allowing landlords to collect past due rent in a reasonable way.”

In the last week he has also pressed the direness of the situation, adding “If we don’t change state law in the next two weeks, we will see a massive wave of evictions. This will be catastrophic for tenants, landlords, homeowners and COVID-19 spread.”

Governor Gavin Newsom alongside 37th District Senator, John Moorlach.
(Photo: Kevin Sanders for California Globe)

Property owners, landlords, and many rental groups have opposed the bill, noting that they’re facing financial ruin and stress in turn because they have to allow tenants to stay rent-free.

Dina Myers, who has rental properties in Oakland and San Leandro, told the Globe just how bad it currently is for landlords.

“I don’t know how much longer a lot of us will survive,” said Myers. “We legally can’t force rent right now, but we can’t rent out the place to someone new because we can’t evict them. I’ve been losing money steadily since March, and I know others who have rented apartments in the area going under because of it. A retired couple I know, who had bought an apartment building as a retirement source of income, have actually had to apply Social Security income to pay the apartment off monthly because so many of their renters aren’t paying right now.”

“I myself have several tenants unable to pay, but I was lucky to come to agreements with many to pay something. But still, it isn’t enough and I’ve dipped into savings.”

“Everyone is talking about renter relief, but where is ours?”

A tenant’s rights group marches to the Los Angeles Mayor’s mansion to demonstrate for renter’s rights. Nearly half of L.A.’s residents have been out of work due to the Covid-19 pandemic, with many having to choose to either buy food or pay rent. 5/1/2020 Los Angeles, CA. USA (Photo by Ted Soqui/SIPA USA)(Sipa via AP Images)

Less than two weeks before the end of session, a possible compromise

The decision by the Judicial Council of California last week to restart evictions on September 2nd had been worked out with legislators in the hopes of finding and passing an eviction compromise bill. While AB 1436 is close, a bill created in the Senate that stresses many similar points, SB 1410, has also been moving up through committees. SB 1410 has even been shown to be more popular with landlords due to the tax crediting system for unpaid rent offered to landlords in the bill.

However, a compromise between the bills needs to be reached by the end of the session on the 31st.

‘Right now it’s a race against time for a compromise deal,” said State Capitol employee “Dana” to the Globe last week. “They are most likely going to do it because I know some people who have been working on some of these proposals for months. But now they have to decide on payment forgiveness or tax forgiveness.”

Governor Gavin Newsom also stressed compromise, noting that “We’ve been able to establish the areas of agreement. Now we’re starting to focus on those areas of disagreement.”

AB 1436 is expected to have a floor vote in the Senate in the coming week, as well as a final vote by the Assembly shortly afterwards. Governor Newsom has indicated that he would sign any of the current proposed rent moratorium legislation.

This article courtesy of the California Globe


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