Sen. Padilla rekindles Housing for All Act, tackling homelessness and housing affordability

Declaring housing as a human right, U.S. Sen. Alex Padilla on Wednesday, Feb. 21, announced the reintroduction of a bill he said would offer a comprehensive approach to addressing the nation’s homelessness and affordable housing crises, including in California.

The Housing for All Act, if approved, would result in a historic investment in federal funding to pay for existing programs to prevent homelessness and to provide housing and other support services to those facing homelessness. The money would also fund innovative local initiatives to remedy these crises.

 

During a news conference on the rooftop of a five-story, 85-unit permanent supportive housing building near downtown L.A. that was largely paid for through California’s Project Homekey program, Padilla said the issue isn’t a lack of ideas for addressing the crises, but providing resources so that proven solutions can be scaled up.

“The problem boils down to scale,” Padilla said. “We know how to help. But we need the full weight of the federal government to meet the moment.”