I’ll be going over Assembly Bill 482 which is on the California State Senate’s Committee on Housing. The committee’s chair is Senator Scott D. Wiener and the vice-chair is Senator Patricia C. Bates. California’s Senate Committee on Housing reads over bills relating to housing for low and moderate income families, homelessness, and other land use rights.
The bill mainly focuses on financing middle-class families in getting a home; geographically, this is specialized to San Diego, San Bernardino, and Santa Clara Counties. This bill sets out ambitious goals. First, it hopes to make at least 40% of all housing units affordable and be available to be occupied by people of low income. Second, it states that at least 10% of housing units should be available to people of middle-income.
Groups that are opposing this include the State Building and Construction Trades. This is because the bill does not require housing construction projects to pay the required wages. Simply put, people who’ll buy the homes and people who’ll live in the homes will be relatively happy with this bill. However, in terms of the people who are building the houses, there will be slight opposition.