Costa Mesa’s new tenant protection ordinance mirrors the policies in state legislation SB 1482 and AB 567. As the Legislature saw, the assistance is much needed, but the city’s mechanism isn’t sustainable. We need to build the capacity of the Fair Housing organizations to deliver this assistance. The first step is educating tenants and landlords about the protections and assistance owed to tenants under state law. The second step is ensuring that any additional protections enacted by local governments are consistent so education and enforcement can be a regional effort and not done by city staff on a city-by-city basis. City staff are neither lawyers nor social workers and come with pension liabilities. We can do this work to protect tenants for less money if we build the capacity of the non-profit sector and share the cost across all the cities in Orange County.
In our ongoing effort to champion affordable housing initiatives and advocate for equitable communities, we turn our attention to Yorba Linda, a city that holds a unique distinction in Orange County. Yorba Linda became the first city to gain approval for its housing element in 2021, a plan designed to create new housing opportunities within … Read more
As part of our mission to advocate for increased production of affordable and missing middle housing in Orange County, The Homes For All/Viviendas Para Todos program has allowed us to work with community members in Fullerton who are experiencing the effects of the affordability crisis firsthand. Our Homes For All/Viviendas Para Todos program is being … Read more
On Tuesday night, the Buena Park City Council unanimously approved plans to redevelop the Buena Park Mall’s old Sears property to build 1,300 one- to three-bedroom units, studios, and three-story townhomes. The future “Village at Buena Park,” at the corner of La Palma and Stanton Avenue, will make a significant dent in the city’s nearly … Read more