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AB-2353 Community colleges: planning grants: affordable student rental housing.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 04/28/2020 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  May 04, 2020

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 2353


Introduced by Assembly Member McCarty

February 18, 2020


An act relating to public postsecondary education. An act to add Section 76011.5 to the Education Code, relating to public postsecondary education.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2353, as amended, McCarty. Public postsecondary education: affordable housing for students. Community colleges: planning grants: affordable student rental housing.
Existing law establishes the California Community Colleges, under the administration of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, as one of the segments of public postsecondary education in this state. Existing law establishes community college districts throughout the state, and authorizes them to provide instruction at the campuses they operate.
Existing law establishes the California School Finance Authority, and authorizes the authority to, among other things, issue revenue bonds to finance or refinance educational facility projects for school districts, charter schools, county offices of education, and community college districts.
This bill would require the California School Finance Authority to administer a competitive grant program to provide planning grants to California community colleges that are exploring or determining if they can offer affordable student rental housing, as defined. The bill would require the authority to ensure that the selection process meets certain requirements, and to provide technical assistance to community colleges that receive planning grant funds for the purpose of exploring and determining if they can offer affordable student rental housing. The bill would make the implementation of these provisions contingent upon an appropriation by the Legislature in the annual Budget Act or another statute for these purposes.

Existing law establishes the California Community Colleges, under the administration of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, the University of California, under the administration of the Regents of the University of California, and the California State University, under the administration of the Trustees of the California State University, as the 3 segments of public postsecondary education in this state.

This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to remove obstacles for the University of California, the California State University, and the California Community Colleges to finance and construct affordable housing units for students.

Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NOYES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 76011.5 is added to the Education Code, immediately following Section 76011, to read:

76011.5.
 (a) The California School Finance Authority shall administer a competitive grant program to provide planning grants for California Community Colleges that are exploring or determining if they can offer affordable student rental housing.
(b) In awarding grants pursuant to this section to qualified community colleges, the California School Finance Authority shall ensure that the selection process meets all of the following requirements:
(1) To the extent feasible, ensures a reasonable geographic distribution of funds.
(2) Requires that the proposed affordable student rental housing project be feasible.
(3) Requires that the planning activities related to the proposed affordable student rental housing project be reasonable compared to the costs of comparable projects in the area.
(4) The proposed affordable student rental housing project leverages other funds where they are available.
(c) A community college that receives a grant pursuant to this section may use those grant moneys for one or more of the following purposes in connection with an affordable student rental housing project:
(1) Feasibility studies.
(2) Engineering studies.
(3) Financing studies.
(4) Environmental impact studies.
(5) Architectural plans.
(6) Application fees.
(7) Legal services.
(8) Permitting costs.
(9) Bonding.
(10) Site preparation.
(d) The California School Finance Authority shall provide technical assistance to community colleges that receive planning grant funds for the purpose of exploring and determining if they can offer affordable student rental housing.
(e) For purposes of this section, the following definitions apply:
(1) “Affordable student rental housing” means housing for students charged at below market rate.
(2) “Feasible” means that a project may be accomplished in a successful manner within a reasonable period of time, taking into account economic, environmental, social, and technological factors.
(f) The implementation of this section is contingent upon an appropriation by the Legislature in the annual Budget Act or another statute for purposes of this section.

SECTION 1.

It is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to remove obstacles for the University of California, the California State University, and the California Community Colleges to finance and construct affordable housing units for students.