State Policy Update – September 4, 2020
Senate Floor Alert AB 1436 > AB 3088
Partners consisting of the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, Truckee Tahoe Airport, Truckee North Tahoe Transportation Management Association, Tahoe Prosperity Center, and the Sierra Business Council came together almost overnight to urge legislative support for Assembly Bill 1436. The bill was amended into another bill (AB 3088) and signed by the Governor into law on August 31, 2020. The bill will provide protections for at least 3 million people to avoid eviction and protect small landlords, and homeowners. Not all of the MHC partners were able to endorse the Senate Floor Alert primarily because of time restraints. However the power of the Mountain Housing Coalition is the collaboration of partners working together to accelerate achievable and affordable housing in California’s Tahoe Truckee Region. Geared towards action, the MHC directs advocacy efforts to state and federal policies that support our vision for everyone who works and lives in the North Tahoe Truckee region to have access to housing.
Original Post – 27 August 2020:
A group of Partners of the Mountain Housing Council of Tahoe Truckee urged legislators today to support the swift enactment of Assembly Bill 1436 (Chiu) – the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act. The bill recognizes the scale and economic impact of the COVID-19 emergency by removing the threat of eviction for renters affected by the crisis while preserving the ability of landlords to recover unpaid rent and seek mortgage forbearance. It will aid in maintaining community stability and provide a path towards equitable economic recovery.
The economy’s shutdown in March adversely affected our resort community workforce and exacerbated a workforce housing problem in our community that the Mountain Housing Council has been working tirelessly on. Local jurisdictions jumped in with rental and financial assistance programs but were insufficient to meet the immense demand. The Eviction Moratorium is set to expire on September 1st if there is no legislation passed. Without a relief bill, we fear further displacement and even homelessness for tenants in our community. We also advocate for a legal framework for the repayment of rent that is fair to tenants and landlords as both are vital to the economic stability in our region.
AB 1436 is a key component of ensuring our state’s housing crisis is not worsened by the crises of 2020.