Newsom Signs Housing Bill, a Boon for Affordable Housing

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AB 1490 (Lee, D-Freemont) will expand adaptive reuse of existing buildings to create affordable housing  

LOS ANGELES (October 11, 2023)   AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) thanks California Governor Gavin Newsom for signing  AB 1490, a bill that AHF- sponsored which now requires local governments to permit and expand adaptive reuse of existing buildings that will create new low- and very-low-income housing more quickly and at a lower cost.

“We applaud Governor Newsom on signing AB 1490, which is designed to expand the use of adaptive reuse at the local level to address homelessness and our low-income housing crisis,” said Susie Shannon, Policy Director for Housing Is A Human Right, the housing advocacy division of AHF. “We would like to thank bill author Assemblymember Alex Lee (D-Freemont) for his leadership in shepherding the bill through the legislature and helping to secure Governor Newsom’s signature.”

AHF has been using adaptive reuse since 2017 in its Healthy Housing Foundation to renovate abandoned properties and provide affordable housing in California, Florida, New York, and Texas. In California alone, AHF has transformed 14 buildings through adaptive reuse, helping more than 1,400 people off the streets in California and giving them a stable place to live.


U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, right, (D-WA) speaks at a press conference introducing pharmacy benefits managers reform while Roshy Mohaghegh, Regional Pharmacy Director, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, left, and Cathleen MacCaul, Advocacy Director, AARP WA, listen at Othello Station Pharmacy, an independent pharmacy in Seattle, on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2023. Sen. Cantwell introduced Senate Bill 4293, the Pharmacy Benefit Manager Transparency Act of 2022, last year alongside U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) to rein in abuses by pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) that hurt independent pharmacies and the patients they serve by wielding undue control over the prescription drug and pharmacy businesses nationwide. The press conference brought attention to the issue in Washington State.(Stephen Brashear/AP Images for AIDS Healthcare Foundation)


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