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AB-2652 Housing finance: Affordable Housing Common Application Act.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 04/29/2020 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  May 04, 2020

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 2652


Introduced by Assembly Member Petrie-Norris

February 20, 2020


An act to amend Section 33009 of add Section 50469 to the Health and Safety Code, relating to housing and community development. housing.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2652, as amended, Petrie-Norris. Community Redevelopment Law. Housing finance: Affordable Housing Common Application Act.
Existing law establishes the Department of Housing and Community Development and requires it to administer various housing programs, including the Multifamily Housing Program, pursuant to which the department provides assistance in the form of deferred payment loans to pay for specified eligible costs of development of specified housing projects. Existing law provides for the financing of housing development under various other programs, including the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program administered by the Strategic Growth Council.
This bill would enact the Affordable Housing Common Application Act, which would require the Department of Housing and Community Development to create, or enter into a contract with a contractor to create, and administer an online portal for applicants to apply for grants or loans administered by the department for the purpose of acquiring, developing, or rehabilitating affordable housing, as provided. The bill would require the department to collaborate with other state agencies that administer grant or loan funds for the purpose of acquiring, developing, or rehabilitating affordable housing in order to ensure that applicants may apply for those grant or loan funds using the online portal created pursuant to the bill. The bill would allow an applicant seeking grant or loan funds made available under any program included in the online portal to use, and require the applicable state agency to accept, a common application included as part of the online portal, provided that the applicant provides all necessary information required by law for the applicable program.

The Community Redevelopment Law provides for redevelopment activities throughout this state and contains definitions governing the construction of these provisions, including defining “obligee.”

This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to that definition.

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

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 50469 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

50469.
 (a) This section shall be known, and may be cited as, the Affordable Housing Common Application Act.
(b) The Legislature finds and declares the following:
(1) California is in the midst of a housing shortage and affordability crisis.
(2) It is therefore the intent of the Legislature to ensure that state funds allocated for affordable housing efficiently reach local public entities, developers, and other eligible applicants in order to build housing quickly.
(c) (1) The department shall create, or enter into a contract with a contractor to create, and administer an online portal for applicants to apply for grants or loans administered by the department for the purpose of acquiring, developing, or rehabilitating affordable housing pursuant to this part.
(2) The department shall collaborate with other state agencies that administer grant or loan funds for the purpose of acquiring, developing, or rehabilitating affordable housing in order to ensure that applicants may apply for those grant or loan funds using the online portal created pursuant to this section.
(d) The online portal created pursuant to this section shall include both of the following:
(1) A common application that an applicant may use to apply for any grant or loan funds available under programs included in the online portal.
(2) A list of grant or loan programs for which an applicant may apply using the online portal created pursuant to this section. The department shall update the online portal as necessary to include additional grant or loan programs that are enacted on or after the effective date of the act adding this section or that are to be included following collaboration with a state agency pursuant to paragraph (2) of subdivision (c).
(e) Notwithstanding any other law, an applicant seeking grant or loan funds made available under any program included in the online portal may use, and the applicable state agency shall accept, the common application described in paragraph (1) of subdivision (d), provided that the applicant provides all necessary information required by law for the applicable program.
(f) For purposes of this section:
(1) “Affordable housing” means owner-occupied housing with an affordable housing cost, as defined in Section 50052.5, or a rental housing development with affordable rent, as defined in Section 50053.
(2) “Applicant” means any person seeking grant or loan funds pursuant to a program included in the online portal created pursuant to this section.
(3) “State agency” has the same meaning as defined in Section 11000 of the Government Code.

SECTION 1.Section 33009 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to read:
33009.

“Obligee” includes any bondholder, their trustee, any lessor demising to the agency property used in connection with a project area or any assignee of all or part of their interest, and the federal government when it is a party to any contract with the agency.