Assemblywoman Luz Rivas’ Legislation to Create the First State Office on Homelessness Heads to the Senate

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assembly Bill (AB) 1845, authored by Assemblywoman Luz Rivas (D-Arleta), passed off the Assembly Floor with bipartisan support and is heading to the Senate.

AB 1845 provides a comprehensive solution to the homelessness crisis by implementing recommendations from the Little Hoover Commission, California State Auditor, Legislative Analyst Office, and Governor Newsom’s Council of Regional Homeless Advisors to establish the first State Office on Homelessness. This measure also creates a Secretary on Housing Insecurity and Homelessness to oversee the Office to End Homelessness, and is provided with the statutory authority to coordinate between 13 different state agencies and departments implementing at least 30 different homelessness programs.

“We are all painfully aware that the state was struggling to overcome its growing homelessness crisis well before the COVID-19 pandemic erupted,” said Assemblywoman Luz Rivas. “The pandemic and the recession resulting from it will likely exacerbate the already catastrophic state of homelessness in California. COVID-19 could turn our homelessness crisis into a full-blown health and safety catastrophe. AB 1845 seeks to create the accountability and communication that is required -now more than ever- by establishing a centralized state Office to End Homelessness.” 

AB 1845 is jointly authored by the Chair of Assembly Housing Committee, David Chiu, and sponsored by the Corporation for Supportive Housing and Housing California. The California Apartment Association, LA Family Housing, National Association of Social Workers, Non-profit Housing Association of Northern California, and a coalition of homeless and housing advocates support this measure. 

Assemblywoman Rivas proudly represents the 39th Assembly District, which includes the City of Los Angeles communities of Arleta, Lake View Terrace, Granada Hills, Mission Hills, North Hollywood, Pacoima, Sun Valley, Sunland-Tujunga, Sylmar, and the City of San Fernando.

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CONTACT:
Judy Yee, Judy.Yee@asm.ca.gov, 916.319.2039