California desperately needs a permanent, ongoing source of funding dedicated to affordable housing development! The Housing Opportunity and Market Stabilization (HOMeS) Act – SB 1220 – will provide a dedicated source of funding that will support the development of affordable homes, including emergency shelters, transitional and permanent rental housing, foreclosure mitigation, and homeownership opportunities.
The HOMeS Act overcame its first two hurdles, passing out of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee and the Senate Governance and Finance Committee. Now, the bill will need to pass the Senate Appropriations Committee and get a 2/3rds vote of the full Senate.
What can you do to help the HOMeS Act become a reality?
Action 1: Send thank you notes to those who voted YES! Appreciation goes a long way and we need them to vote YES again when the bill comes to the floor. View vote count.
Action 2: Send support letters to the Appropriations Committee. Letters will go to Appropriations Committee members and Your Senator so please use your home addresses. Senators listen to their constituents. Use Housing California’s click-and-send letter OR download a SAMPLE LETTER and fax it to the committee members and Julie Snyder (916.447.1900)
The bill will be voted on later this month (likely around May 24th), so send support letters to the committee members now!
Action 3: Get in touch with your Senator and ask them to vote YES on SB 1220 when it comes to the floor this month. You can call them, set up a meeting, write an e-mail, or send a note. Let’s let them know how many people care! Find my Senator.
Housing California is spearheading the campaign in favor of the HOMeS Act. For more information visit their website at www.housingca.org.