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A New Governor & Supermajority Legislature Seek to Act Bold
The New Year has brought with it a new, diverse and progressive group of Constitutional Officers ready to serve California. On January 7th, Gavin Newsom was sworn in as California's 40th governor. Eleni Kounalakis is now the first woman serving as Lieutenant Governor. As the new Insurance Commissioner, Former Senator Ricardo Lara is the first openly LGBTQ statewide elected official. Furthermore, Fiona Ma was sworn in as California State Treasurer, former Assemblymember Tony Thurmond was elected Superintendent of Public Instruction, and Secretary of State Alex Padilla and State Controller Betty Yee were sworn in for their second terms. MORE

HUD Shutdown: Verifying Available Funds; Accessing Project Reserves
By Colleen Bloom, LeadingAge: As the HUD shutdown continues, some sites are only finding out their contracts were not renewed because they did not receive funds in their project accounts after the first of the month. But there are things owners can/should do to verify funding availability, and it is critical that owners obtain HUD permission before accessing reserves.  MORE

HUD Shutdown Impacts Members

by Linda Couch, LeadingAge: As the partial federal government shutdown continues into its third week, LeadingAge’s affordable housing members are feeling the impact.

With HUD and its funding shutdown effective December 21, 2018, HUD was not able to renew 650 contracts for its multifamily housing partners in December. Of these 650 communities with expired contracts, MSNBC spent much of the day on January 14, 2019, broadcasting live from San Jose Manor, a LeadingAge member in Jacksonville, FL with about 100 residents.


HUD Under Continuing Resolution Until December 7
Unable to reach a deal on a four-bill appropriations package, Congress has passed a continuing resolution to keep HUD and some other federal programs funded through December 7. While Congress is poised to enact five of the 12 annual appropriations bills before the October 1 start of fiscal year 2019, the HUD bill is not among these. The President signed the continuing resolution on September 28. MORE

HCD Releases Draft Guidelines for SB 35
Last week, the California Department of Housing and Community Development released draft guidelines for the implementation of Senate Bill 35 – the Streamlined Ministerial Approval Process. MORE

HUD West to Host Industry Meet and Greet
HUD Multifamily West Region, San Francisco Asset Management Division will host an Industry Meet and Greet on Thursday, October 18, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. MORE

Governor Signs LeadingAge California Supported Housing Bills, Vetoes ALW Expansion Bill
Governor Jerry Brown has signed 1,016 bills that were sent to him from the legislature. Among them, were three housing bills that LeadingAge California supported. MORE

Legislators Sign-on to Senior Housing Letter
Four state legislators have sent a letter to the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) Director Ben Metcalf asking that seniors be considered when making funding determinations.  MORE

Smoke Free Housing: Updates and Resources
Recently Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) were required to ban the use of prohibited tobacco products in all public housing units, interior common areas, and outdoor areas within 25 feet of public housing and administrative office buildings. MORE

HUD Considers Changes in Fair Housing Act Enforcement
by Linda Couch, LeadingAge: According to a notice of proposed rulemaking published in the August 16 Federal Register, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is considering new approaches to enforcement of the Fair Housing Act. MORE



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Meghan Rose, General Counsel & Director of Housing Policy for LeadingAge California.
Meghan can be reached at (916) 469-3372 or