Senator Wiener Applauds Governor Newsom’s Housing Budget Proposal

Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Senate Housing Committee, issued the following statement regarding Governor Newsom’s housing budget proposal:

Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Senate Housing Committee, issued the following statement regarding Governor Newsom’s housing budget proposal:

“I wholeheartedly support Governor Newsom’s aggressive and bold housing budget proposal. Governor Newsom — who has always been a housing champion — clearly gets it when it comes to housing. California is in a deep housing crisis, with a 3.5 million home deficit, and the Governor’s budget proposal recognizes that we must build much more housing at all income levels. The Governor’s proposal wisely allocates significant new funding for affordable housing. I strongly support the Governor’s proposals to provide resources to local communities to help them plan for more housing and to financially reward communities that meet their housing goals.

“Governor Newsom’s housing budget proposal dovetails beautifully with my zoning reform bill, Senate Bill 50. Many communities throughout California ban apartment buildings and affordable housing by enacting hyper-restrictive low-density zoning. Overly restrictive zoning dramatically reduces the amount of housing that can legally be built, makes housing much more expensive, leads to displacement, and makes it impossible for working families and young people to live anywhere near where they work or near transit. Overly restrictive zoning undermines our housing and climate goals and damages our economy. Without zoning reform, all the affordable housing funding in the world won’t result in more housing in most parts of California, since affordable housing only happens in the form of multi-unit buildings. Additionally, by conditioning state transportation dollars on actual housing performance, this budget reflects the philosophy behind SB 50: California’s planning and funding priorities must connect robust infrastructure investment with commensurate housing development.

“Governor Newsom’s funding proposals, when coupled with SB 50, will legalize more housing, allow more housing to be built at all income levels, and allow that housing to be built exactly where it should be: near jobs and transit, as opposed to more sprawl far from jobs and transit and in wildfire zones.

“I also applaud Governor Newsom for proposing significant new funding for homeless shelters and navigation centers. Far too many communities in California have no shelter beds, have very few beds, or have shelters that are only open in the winter. Few counties have youth-specific or family-specific shelters. While permanent housing must be our goal for our homeless neighbors, shelter plays a critical role in helping people get off the streets and on a positive path. California must do more to help our homeless neighbors, and this funding will do so. I’m authoring Senate Bill 48, to create a right to shelter in California by expanding shelter availability. The Governor’s budget proposal strongly complements SB 48.”

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CA State Senator. Urbanist. Environmentalist. Advocate for transit, housing, clean energy, criminal justice reform, health, ending poverty. Democrat. 🏳️‍🌈

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