2015 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President, Eden Housing
President/CEO, Affirmed Housing
Partner, Goldfarb & Lipman LLP
President/CEO, Wakeland Housing & Development
President, Mercy Housing California
Partner, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP
Immediate Past Chair
President/CEO, USA Properties Fund, Inc
President, Jamboree Housing
Counsel, Squire Patton Boggs
President/CEO, LINC Housing
President/CEO, Highridge Costa Housing Partners
Professor, UC Berkeley
President, San Diego Housing Commission
President/CEO, Abode Communities
Membership Vice Chair
Partner, Novogradac & Company LLP
Policy Vice Chair
President/CEO, The Pacific Companies
Mary Ellen Shay
President, ME Shay & Co
Executive Director, California Dept of Housing & Community Development
Tia Boatman Patterson
Executive Director, California Housing Finance Agency
Executive Director, California Debt Limit Allocation Committee
Executive Director, California Tax Credit Allocation Committee
Speaker of the Assembly Announces Housing Bill Package
In a demonstration of strong leadership on behalf of California’s lower income families and the state’s economy, California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, flanked by state Treasurer John Chiang, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Assemblymembers David Chiu, Ed Chau, and Jimmy Gomez, announced this afternoon that they will introduce legislation to significantly increase resources available to create and preserve affordable homes. The package includes:
- Establishing a permanent source of funding for affordable housing by placing a small fee on real estate transaction documents, which would generate 29,000 jobs for every $500 million
Increasing the state’s Low Income Housing Tax Credit by $300 million, which is expected to leverage approximately $600 million in new federal resources, leading to the creation of thousands of new affordable homes and jobs
Legislation to create a framework for how California will spend any funds received from the National Housing Trust Fund that are expected to flow to states in 2016
Using a portion of the Proposition 47 funds to reduce recidivism through investment in rapid rehousing and housing supports for formerly incarcerated Californians
CHC Executive Director Ray Pearl and Boardmembers Linda Mandolini and Robin Hughes participated in the press conference located at member company Meta Housing’s Chinatown Metro Apartment in Los Angeles.
What People Are Saying:
“The low income housing tax credit is a critical driving force for economic development and housing production for low- and moderate-income families in California. The expansion of the state tax credit will stimulate job growth, leverage additional private and public investment, and help build much-needed housing. We thank the Speaker for her strong leadership on this crucial housing package.” –Ray Pearl, Executive Director, California Housing Consortium
“Success and opportunity begin with having an affordable place to call home. Housing California is grateful for the leadership of Speaker Atkins and we look forward to supporting critically needed policies that address California’s widespread poverty by creating more housing options, especially for those priced out of the rental market.” –Shamus Roller, Executive Director, Housing CA
“The California Building Industry Association is proud to stand with Speaker Atkins today in support of her comprehensive housing policy proposals. We look forward to working closely with the Speaker to ensure that all California families have access to safe and secure shelter and an opportunity to achieve the American dream of homeownership.” –Eileen Reynolds, Chair, California Building Industry Association
Register Now For CHC’s Annual Advocacy Day
Please join the California Housing Consortium in Sacramento for our annual Advocacy Day on March 10.
We are trying a new format this year that we hope will allow for more direct time with legislators and staff. We will spend the day discussing current issues and legislative strategy, spending time with legislative and agency staff to discuss our shared agenda, and meeting with key senate and assembly committee members.
Last Call for CHC’s Housing Hall of Fame Nominations
We invite you to nominate candidates for this year’s Housing Hall of Fame ceremony to be held on May 13, 2015 in Santa Monica. CHC annually recognizes heroes in the affordable housing field by gauging leadership characteristics such as innovation, effectiveness, inclusiveness, impact, tenure, collaborative spirit and inspirational records of service.
Click here to complete your nomination form now
Please submit your nominations by March 6th.
Don’t forget to renew your CHC membership for 2015!
Applications are available online at: www.calhsng.org
contact us at 818.735.9551 or firstname.lastname@example.org
|CHC Member Project Profile: HUD Secretary Julian Castro Tours COMM22 in San Diego
Blighted vacant lots surrounded by chain link fences have been transformed into new affordable apartments for very low-income seniors and families that are revitalizing the Logan Heights community of the City of San Diego.
HUD Secretary Julian Castro-middle right, Congressman Juan Vargas-far right of Castro, San Diego City Councilmember Todd Gloria-left of Castro, SDHC President/CEO Richard Gentry-far left
“This is truly a model of what we like to see in communities across the United States,” U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julian Castro said after he toured COMM22, a San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) partnership affordable rental housing development, on Friday, February 20.
Secretary Castro toured COMM22 at the invitation of U.S. Representative Juan Vargas, 51st District, who hosted the tour with SDHC President & CEO Richard C. Gentry. HUD Western Regional Administrator Ophelia Basgal joined Secretary Castro on the tour.
COMM22 Apts with retail space
COMM22 is a 200-unit family and senior citizen affordable rental housing development in three separate buildings near bus and trolley lines, in which $8.9 million in HUD federal funds were invested in the development of the 70-unit senior complex.
The apartments at COMM22 will remain affordable for 55 years.
COMM22 was developed by BRIDGE Housing Corporation (BRIDGE) and Metropolitan Area Advisory Committee on Anti-Poverty (MAAC). BRIDGE President & CEO Cynthia Parker and MAAC President & CEO Arnulfo Manriquez also participated in the tour.
The 130-unit family complex includes a private courtyard with a playground for children. The 70-unit senior complex for tenants age 62 and older includes ground-floor space for a child care facility, with a play area outside, as well as tables for senior residents to play board games, an indoor library and a community room.
After the tour of COMM22, Secretary Castro, also spoke at the National Alliance to End Homelessness’ National Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness, held in San Diego.
“We must never accept homelessness as part of American life, and if we all do our part, we’ll never have to,” Secretary Castro said at the conference.
SDHC President & CEO Gentry participated as a panelist at one of the workshops at the conference and joined Secretary Castro at the luncheon where he spoke.
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