For Your Neighborhood Or Nearby And Statewide: NLB Assemblyman Gipson Co-Authors Bill That Would Erase Public's Right To Raise Neighborhood Impacting CEQA Issues Re Emergency Shelters, Supportive Housing And "Affordable" Housing Projects Proposed In Mixed-Use, Non-Residential Or Infill Sites
|(Jan. 9, 2020, 7:35 p.m.) -- NLB Assemblyman Mike Gipson (D, NW NLB/Compton/Carson) is one of three co-authors of AB 1907, newly introduced Jan. 8, 2020, that would eliminate the public's ability under CEQA to raise neighborhood impacts at a legally required public hearing, appealable with a recorded City Council vote and possible court review, of "emergency shelters, supportive housing or affordable housing" (defined in the bill, see below) to be located in mixed-use, nonresidential or infill zoned sites.
AB 1907's legislative counsel's digest states: "This bill would, until January 1, 2029, exempt from environmental review under CEQA certain activities approved by or carried out by a public agency in furtherance of providing emergency shelters, supportive housing, or affordable housing, as each is defined. The bill would require a lead agency that determines to carry out or approve an activity that is within this CEQA exemption to file a notice of exemption, as specified."
The bill does this by defining terms below and adding them to Section 21080.60 of the Public Resources Code:
In describing its intent, AB 1907 states in pertinent part: "It is the intent of the Legislature to help local governments address their homeless crises by facilitating the construction of high-quality permanent supportive housing that adopts the core component of the "Housing First" approach, and to develop crisis and bridge housing that is low barrier." CA Welfare and Institutions Code section 8255 defines the "core components" of "Housing First" as meeting "all of the following":
(1) Tenant screening and selection practices that promote accepting applicants regardless of their sobriety or use of substances, completion of treatment, or participation in services.
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(d)(1) "Housing First" means the evidence-based model that uses housing as a tool, rather than a reward, for recovery and that centers on providing or connecting homeless people to permanent housing as quickly as possible. Housing First providers offer services as needed and requested on a voluntary basis and that do not make housing contingent on participation in services.
AB 1907 adds the following terms to Section 21080.60 of the Public Resources Code and defines them as follows::
"Emergency shelters" are defined as those "meeting the definition of a low barrier navigation center" in CA Gov't code section 65660 [detailed below] and meet the requirements of CA Gov't code section 65662 [detailed below] and are located in either a mixed-use or nonresidential zone permitting multifamily uses or on an infill site anywhere in the city..
"Low barrier" as defined in Gov't code 65660 means "means best practices to reduce barriers to entry, and may include, but is not limited to, the following: (1) The presence of partners if it is not a population-specific site, such as for survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault, women, or youth; (2) Pets; (3) The storage of possessions; (4) Privacy, such as partitions around beds in a dormitory setting or in larger rooms containing more than two beds, or private rooms." Under section 65662 it meets the following requirements: (a) It offers services to connect people to permanent housing through a services plan that identifies services staffing. (b) It is linked to a coordinated entry system, so that staff in the interim facility or staff who colocate in the facility may conduct assessments and provide services to connect people to permanent housing."“Coordinated entry system" means a centralized or coordinated assessment system...; (c) It complies with Chapter 6.5 (commencing with Welfare and Institutions Code Section 8255 [also cited as part of the bill's intent, quoted above] and (d) "It has a system for entering information regarding client stays, client demographics, client income, and exit destination through the local Homeless Management Information System...
AB 1907 says "supportive housing" has the definition in CA Health and Safety Code section 50675.14 that meets the eligibility requirements of Article 11 (starting with CA Gov't code Section 65650 [referenced in its intent section, noted above])...
It defines "affordable housing" to mean a housing development that satisfies the following requirements: (a) "Units within the development are subject to a recorded affordability restriction for 55 years.units subject to a recorded affordability restriction for 55 years"; (b) "all units (excluding managers' units) "are dedicated to lower income households" and (c) it is funded, in whole or in part, by the Multifamily Housing Program (Health and Safety Code section 50675) of Part 2 of Division 31 of the Health and Safety Code, or either the HOME Investment Partnerships Program or the Community Development Block Grant Program (which are both federal programs administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.)
Assemblyman Gipson represents an Assembly district that includes northwestern NLB and includes larger parts of Compton and Carson. (For a map, click here)
In 2020, incumbent Gipson (a Democrat) faces only one challenger (a Democrat.) The district's voters are roughly 60% registered Democrats, 27.3% with no party preference and 8% Republicans. .
The bill's other two initial co-authors are also both Democrats: Assemblymembers Miguel Santiago (D, Los Angeles downtown/ELA) and Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva.(D, northern OC.)
Developing. Further to follow.
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