Gloria Champions Innovative Housing Package to Make Real Progress on State’s Housing Crisis

Friday, April 12, 2019

 Assemblymember Gloria Continues Housing Leadership with Innovative Legislation Focused on Housing for Working People

SACRAMENTO, CA – Continuing in his efforts to make real progress on tackling California’s housing crisis, California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) unveiled his legislative housing agenda today. This housing package brings forward innovative solutions designed to enable cities build more housing; expand permanent supportive housing opportunities for people on parole; and make better use of state-owned property in Downtown San Diego.

The housing crisis is the most pressing issue facing us today. It demands innovative and pragmatic solutions for us to build more and ultimately put roofs over the heads of Californians at prices they can afford,” said Assemblymember Gloria. “This housing package prioritizes working and middle class Californians and will make real progress at increasing housing supply and opportunities.”

Included in Assemblymember Gloria’s housing package are the following bills:

  • AB 1250 (The Divide, Streamline, and Build Act): Currently, only infill housing parcels that are subdivided into four separate lots can receive expedited permitting– even if the land parcel could hold five or more homes. This bill will allow cities to increase the number subdivisions of infill lots from four to ten thereby increasing the amount of homes that can be built, while also maintaining expedited review so projects are not bogged down by red tape.   
  • AB 1405 (Permanent supportive housing for parolees): With formerly incarcerated individuals facing numerous barriers in housing that can lead to homelessness, this bill creates more opportunities for people on parole to be properly housed post-release. AB 1405 authorizes contractors with the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to use existing funds to pay for permanent supportive housing.
  • AB 1164 (related to the Downtown San Diego State Building): Currently, the State of California owns property on two city blocks in Downtown San Diego between Front and Union Streets. This property is severely underutilized in an area that is ripe for more appropriate types of development. This bill requires the State Department of General Services to sell the State Building in an effort to make way for a more efficient use – specifically, more housing.

In addition to his housing package, Assemblymember Gloria is co-author of four additional bills currently moving through the legislative process:

  • AB 11 (Community Redevelopment Law of 2019): This bill would effectively bring back redevelopment agencies in California to fund affordable housing and infrastructure projects using tax increment financing. 
  • AB 68 (Granny Flats/Casitas): This bill will would require permits for accessory dwelling units (ADUs) be issued in 60 days rather than 120 days and prohibit local ordinances that apply lot coverage, lot size, or floor area ratio requirements to ADUs.
  • AB 816 (Flexible Housing Program): This bill establishes a consolidated funding source for homelessness and housing. The bill appropriates $450 million to the program annually, which is then made available to cities, counties, and continuums of care to fund a variety of housing options and services.
  • AB 1734 (Missing Middle Tax Exemption): This bill provides a property tax exemption for multi-family rental housing for middle-income households.