The month of June is one of the most beautiful times of the year at the California State Capitol, with blossoming flowers under our infamous clear skies and sunshine, and families enjoying the pre-summer heat in the park just outside the building. Inside the Capitol, June is bustling with commotion as the budget deadline approaches, and it is an opportune time to remind our state legislature about the needs of many Californians – just as policymakers are deliberating on which programs to fund, expand, or relegate during the 2013-2014 fiscal year.
This year, on June 12, 2013, LeadingAge California welcomed affordable housing residents to the Capitol for A Day of Advocacy. Residents met with 38 legislative offices to express concerns over the increasing need for affordable housing and senior services support programs and funding. The annual affordable housing advocacy event had record participation, including over eighty resident advocates from Christian Church Homes, Satellite Affordable Housing Associates, PEP Housing, American Baptist Homes of the West, Eden Housing, Retirement Housing Foundation, and Mercy Housing. Continue reading