Take action today to help pass a $4 billion housing bond with an additional $1 billion for veteran housing.
Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) announced that an agreement has been reached on legislation that will provide a $4 billion infusion of funding for affordable housing from bond sales. 
Senate Bill 3 (Beall) proposes $4 billion in bonds for affordable housing, including $1 billion to extend the CalVet Home Loan Program, which is currently scheduled to expire in 2018. Affordable Housing Policies
"The housing crisis not only hurts millions of Californians trying to pay the rent or buy a home, it is a drain on our economy and a danger to our future," Speaker Rendon said. "The bond agreement we have reached provides badly needed funding to help Californians, including our veterans, find safe, affordable housing. We've said before: it shouldn't cost an arm and a leg to put a roof over your head - and this agreement will make housing more affordable for many Californians." 
"We cannot continue to ignore California's startling lack of affordable housing," Senate Leader de León said. "In too many of our cities, teachers, police officers, firefighters and service workers - the people we rely on every day to keep us safe, feed us and educate our kids - can't even afford to live in the communities they serve. This agreement is not a fix-all, but the immediate $4 billion investment will bring down the cost of housing and prevent further harm to our economy and quality of life."
SB 3 is expected to be taken up in the Senate and Assembly prior to the end of the legislative session on September 15.  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   
Action Items:
1) Contact your legislators this week to say you support SB 2 (Atkins), the Building Homes and Jobs Act, and SB 3 (Beall), the Affordable Housing Bond Act of 2018.
Find your state representatives here.
2) Please call the following legislators - regardless of where you live - to encourage their support.
Assemblymember Jim Cooper (Elk Grove): 916-319-2009
Assemblymember Adam Gray (Merced): 916-319-2021
Assemblymember Joaquin Arambula (Fresno): 916-319-2031
Assemblymember Rudy Salas (Bakersfield): 916-319-2032
Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (Thousand Oaks): 916-319-2044
Assemblymember Blanca Rubio (Azusa): 916-319-2048
Assemblymember Sabrina Cervantes (Corona): 916-319-2060
Assemblymember Jose Medina (Riverside): 916-319-2061
Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva (Santa Ana): 916-319-2065
Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (Los Angeles): 916-319-2066
Assemblymember Tom Daly (Anaheim): 916-319-2069
Thank you for making the time to take action.  Together, our voices are louder. 

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Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley

As an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, Habitat East Bay/Silicon Valley believes in a world where everyone has a decent place to live. We create opportunities for families to transform their lives, gaining the strength, stability, and self-reliance they need to build a better future. Working together as a community, we build homes with affordable mortgages, repair and renovate existing homes, counsel first-time homebuyers, and revitalize neighborhoods in Alameda, Contra Costa, and Santa Clara counties. For more information, please call 866.450.4432.


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