A Day of Advocacy – California Affordable Housing Residents Appeal to Legislators

AHLD Picture 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.

Participants focused on sharing their real-life experiences with housing and senior services in California, which are significant to legislators as they use these stories to debate relevant bills on the legislative floor. Residents also encouraged legislators to support a permanent source of funds to construct and maintain affordable housing, including SB391 (DeSaulnier) California Homes and Jobs Act of 2013, as well as LeadingAge California’s sponsored resolution, SJR11 (DeSaulnier) to promote Housing with Services. Residents also spoke to the difficulties facing Governor Brown’s Coordinated Care Initiative. A Day of Advocacy was a collaborative success led by Geoffrey Morgan, chair of the Affordable Housing Lobby Day Planning Committee and Vice President of Real Estate Development at Christian Church Homes.

For more information about the event, please contact Carrie Paine, Policy Analyst at (916) 469-3372 or at cpaine@aging.org.

If you would like assistance setting up meetings with your legislators in their office or your community and you’re a LeadingAge California member, contact Susan Holt at (916) 469-3383 or at sholt@aging.org.

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