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Bill Speeding Up Affordable and Homeless Housing Construction Passes its First Senate Committee Unanimously

For immediate release:

(Sacramento, CA) Following passage of AB 785 (sponsored by Mayor Karen Bass) through the Senate Environmental Quality Committee with a unanimous vote, bill author Assembly Member Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement:

“Homelessness here in Los Angeles is an urgent emergency and we must fire at all cylinders to bring more affordable and supportive housing online,” said Assembly Member Santiago.

“Expediting affordable housing, permanent supportive housing, transitional housing and emergency shelters in Los Angeles will reduce the number of people becoming homeless and connect people currently experiencing homelessness to essential services. We need to remove all barriers and speed up all our efforts to put a roof over every head in Los Angeles.”

AB 785 passed the Assembly and now passed its first committee in the State Senate. AB 785 responds to the homeless crisis in Los Angeles by exempting, until 2030, from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) any activity approved by the City of Los Angeles in the city, and the County of Los Angeles in the unincorporated areas of the county, in furtherance of providing affordable housing, emergency shelters, supportive housing, or transitional housing. Mayor Bass is a sponsor of AB 785 and supporters of the bill include homeless advocates such as the Downtown Women’s Center.

AB 785 will be heard next in the Senate Housing Committee.

Assembly Member Miguel Santiago is the Chair of the Assembly Committee on Governmental Organization. He also sits on the Assembly Committees on Public Safety, Health, HigherEducation and Utilities and Energy. He represents the 54th District composed of the cities of Los Angeles, Commerce, Montebello, and Vernon.