The HOMeS Act falls two votes short of passage

The HOMeS Act falls two votes short of passage

Last week the HOMeS Act (Senate Bill 1220), fell two votes short of passage in the full Senate, with a final vote of 25-13. While this loss is a disappointment, the number of votes is indicative of the great work that was done during the campaign.

This is the first time in several decades that a permanent source bill has made it to a floor vote. In just a few short months, community members and allies mobilized and changed perceptions and votes in the Capitol. Housing California reports that:

  • More than 20,000 postcards were sent to legislators in support of the bill.

  • More than 400 support letters were sent through the Housing California website. Hundreds more were faxed and even more sent through websites of other housing advocacy organizations throughout the state.

  • More than 100 people traveled to Sacramento and met with legislators on The HOMeS Act Lobby Day.

  • An additional 5 legislators signed-on as bill co-authors.

Doug Shoemaker from Mercy Housing said, “It has taken 10 years to move the concept of creating a statewide affordable housing trust fund into actual legislation.” Therefore, to have it voted on in full support by 100% of the Democrats is great progress! We now have 12 months to strengthen our economic argument, sway at least 2 Republicans during a non-election year, and build a broader based coalition. We can do it! This was phase one of what will ultimately be a successful campaign for a permanent source and the funding we need to bring more Californians home.


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