California Assembly Passes Bill Creating State Appeals Committee for Affordable Housing

The California state assembly passed the Housing Accountability Act (AB 989), which would create a state Housing Accountability Committee to adjudicate violations of the Housing Accountability Act and give the committee the authority to overturn denials or conditions of approval that are not consistent with the Act. This provides a quicker, less expensive, less confrontational and more consistent alternative to enforcing state housing laws in court, resulting in more affordable homes built at lower cost.  

The Senate will now take up the bill, please consider submitting a letter of support to the Legislature’s Position Letter Portal (with a copy to mstivers@chpc.net) by June 18. A sample letter of support from the California Housing Partnership is available here