Ensuring Affordable Housing & Combatting Homelessness

Reggie believes housing is a human right. That’s why in the Assembly, Reggie’s fought to invest over $4 billion towards affordable housing construction and expanded renters’ protections.

But while the State Legislature has passed a number of measures to help address our state’s affordable housing crisis, the cost of living continues to rise sharply. And now, as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, millions in California are facing the anxiety of eviction or foreclosure. It’s clear far more needs to be done.

Even before the COVID-19 crisis that has displaced and impoverished so many, our region was already in the midst of a housing and homelessness crisis. Gentrification has been a complicated and silent killer in the 59th District that is displacing thousands of families and small businesses in the Los Angeles area long before the pandemic.

While housing insecurity is a complicated, multifaceted problem that doesn’t have an easy solution, in the California legislature, Reggie will continue to fight to protect renters’ rights and tackle homelessness, including amending Costa-Hawkins to enable city governments to enact rent freezes, heighten protections for renters, and prosecute shady landlords who unjustly evict their tenants. 
 
To ensure everyone in California can access affordable housing, Reggie also supports a wide variety of measures to accelerate affordable housing production and slow rising rents by canceling rents during COVID, stopping unjust evictions, financing affordable housing projects for homeless and low-income populations, holding landlords accountable who exploit their tenants, and streamlining permitting and approval processes, and offering a density bonus to 100% of affordable housing developments. Additionally, we must combat homelessness by providing critical services directly to those in need and building permanent affordable housing units now. This means greater mental health services to unhoused people and preventing them from living on the streets and being targeted by the criminal justice system.

IN SACRAMENTO, REGGIE HAS ADVANCED HOUSING FOR ALL BY:

Incentivizing the Development of Affordable Housing

  • Supported an over $4 billion investment in affordable housing construction.

 

Enacting Tenant Protections

  • Fought to protect struggling renters & homeowners during the pandemic by fighting for an eviction moratorium in California for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis.

  • Supported legislation that prevents landlords from increasing rent by more than 5% annually and provides “just cause” eviction protections to tenants throughout California.

 

Combating Homelessness & Gentrification

  • Supported a 2019 law that invests $900 million in homelessness prevention services and prevents illegitimate appeals to the development of homeless shelters.

  • Supported 2020 legislation that would require cities and localities to establish plans to reduce homelessness 90% by 2029 and creates a state office to ensure they meet annual benchmarks.

  • Launched a plan to combat gentrification centered around educating South LA families and small businesses on how to keep their land and homes in the district.

PAID FOR BY JONES-SAWYER FOR ASSEMBLY 2020