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Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva advances efforts to combat homelessness and housing crisis

Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton) introduced a package of housing bills this week that address a spectrum of issues including homelessness, affordable housing development, rent stabilization and protections for our most vulnerable populations.

Legislation Introduced:

  • Assembly Bill 362: Shelters and Transparency: Seeks to improve the conditions of shelters by requiring that recipients of certain shelter funding grants comply with health and safety regulations to be eligible for funding.
  • Assembly Bill 345: Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU): Separate Conveyance: Authorizes ADUs to be sold or conveyed separately from the primary residence to a qualified buyer.
  • Assembly Bill 790: PACE: Elder Justice: Protects seniors from predatory home improvement financing.
  • Assembly Bill 879: PACE Foreclosure Prevention: Allows homeowners to avoid foreclosure by expanding access to the existing $10 million PACE Loss Reserve Fund.
  • Assembly Bill 978: Mobile Home Rent Stabilization: Provides rent stabilization and protections for mobile home owners who rent the land their home sits on as well as for anyone who rents a mobile home.
  • Assembly Bill 1017: Right to Restrooms Act: Requires local governments to do an inventory of public restrooms that are available to the homeless population to use during the pandemic.
  • Assembly Bill 1090: California Master Plan on Home Ownership: Creates a California Task Force to consider and evaluate the current impediments to homeownership in the state.

“Prior to the pandemic, statistics indicated that 40 percent of Americans are one paycheck away from poverty and/or homelessness,” said Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva. “Unfortunately, the impacts of COVID-19 has made this a reality for many Californians.”

This article was released by the Office of Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva.

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  1. The shortages of housing without any consideration to community from Sacramento to support local sound urban planning from Sacramento generates an in balance local governments urban forest impacting by not having adequate park acreages per 1,000 researcher studies have demonstrated ramifications effecting children’s developing a rise mental illness by 55 % CA AB 209 year 2019 was to help bring education AB 209 establishes the Outdoor Equity Grants Program at the Department of Parks and Recreation to provide funding for outdoor recreation and environmental education opportunities, particularly for youth in under-resourced communities, and focuses on providing transportation and programing, Nov 5, 2019. Many Cities have been given laws to require them from the State with out real consideration of the over all cost to fund increase demand on the local infrastructure ,labor, inflation, urban forest, parks, water feature to supply need services with increase population growth demands since the State of CA grants are not meeting funding these added requirements plus pas Governor Brown had local Cities return a portion of sales taxes to balance the State budget then really never return their loss sale tax with pension increase cost has had many Cities to absorb any real flexibility as an example as a lace of green space based a green perception thus the cost will have be absorb by increase mental illness cost even maybe homeless from early intervention of having childhood an urban forest please further read below as well as my website https://socialemotionalpaws.org/blog-post.

    The of Garden Grove Park Master Plan dated Oct,22,2019 has yet to begin implementing the recommendation to increase park acreage, currently we are at .07 per 1,000 population the recommendations are by 2030 of having two per acreage per 1,000 population. Without correct acreage per 1,000 and not supporting GGUSD Mental Health policy a report has identify ratification impacting our children mental health https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/145305/green-space-is-good-for-mental-health In a sweeping nationwide study, researchers from Denmark’s University of Aarhus found that childhood exposure to green space—parks, forests, rural lands, etc.—reduces the risk for developing an array of psychiatric disorders during adolescence and adulthood. The study could have far-reaching implications for healthy city design, making green space-focused urban planning an early intervention tool for reducing mental health problems.
    Using data from the Landsat satellite archive and the Danish Civil Registration System, researchers tracked the residential green space around nearly a million Danes and correlated that with their mental health outcomes. The scientists found that citizens who grew up with the least green space nearby had as much as a 55 percent increased risk of developing psychiatric disorders such as depression, anxiety, and substance abuse in later years.
    The research was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. It is the largest epidemiological study to document a positive connection between green space and mental health.
    The impact of green space throughout childhood is significant. Exposure to green space is comparable to family history and parental age when predicting mental health outcomes. Only socioeconomic status was a slightly stronger indicator.
    I wrote a letter and the CC. to the prop 63 Commission about these concerns above you have PDF to review my website on the blog address these concerns as well as a recent update addition to my website Garden Grove Down-Town GARDEN GROVE DOWN TOWN | SOCIALEMOTIONALPAWS.ORG https://socialemotionalpaws.org/garden-grove-down-town . As you will see the expansion of parks through OCTA of the PE Rail to Dale street is vital to residents of Garden Grove for mental wellness thus it requires awareness of our local bodies of local government to carry to write resolution asking for a State of California density of housing to equal acreage of 10 per population as green prescription to attempt to seek Prop 63 funds to expand parks and seek additional funds that are not being recognize the local needs with upgrading parks repairs.
    Parks and Improved Mental Health and Quality of Life More time spent in parks and green spaces can help individuals fight against mental health issues like depression, anxiety and stress. Making sure that all people have access to parks and outdoor programming is a critical way to increase these positive effects on health and quality of life for your community.

    The Facts • People living more than 1 kilometer away from a green space have nearly 50 percent higher odds of experiencing stress than those living less than 300 meters from a green space. Respondents who do not report stress have more than 50 percent higher odds of visiting a green space at least a few days a week than those reporting stress.

    Results also showed that the more often respondents visited green spaces, the less stress they experienced. • Several studies have confirmed that separation from nature is detrimental to human development, health and wellbeing, and that regular contact with nature is required for good mental health. • Scientists in the Netherlands found that people who lived in residential areas with the least green spaces had a 44 percent higher rate of physician diagnosed anxiety disorders than people who lived in the greenest residential areas. The effect was strongest among those most likely to spend their time near home, including children and those with low levels of education and income. • Physician-diagnosed depression was 33 percent higher in the residential areas with the fewest green spaces, compared to the neighborhoods with the most. •

    People who lived in close proximity to natural space had significantly improved mental health up to three years after their move. Compared to remove mental health scores, individuals who moved to greener areas had significantly better mental health recorded three years after the move. • Individuals reported less mental distress and higher life satisfaction when they were living in greener areas. • A strong body of evidence suggests that physical activity in green spaces has stronger mental health benefits than physical activity in non-green spaces. •

    Use of green spaces is associated with decreased health complaints, improved blood pressure and cholesterol levels, reduced stress, improved general health perceptions and a greater ability to face problems https://www.nrpa.org/our-work/three-pillars/healthwellness/parksandhealth/fact-sheets/parks-improved-mental-health-quality-life/ One overlooked way we can significantly improve our mental health: more nature You might grumble skeptically at the notion that parks and plants make a real difference in our happiness, but the research is convincing.

    A pile of studies on the subject consistently points to a strong connection between green space and mental health. In general, scientists believe that experiences in “green space” can boost mental health by improving the immune system, encouraging physical activity and social interaction, limiting air pollution and noise that interferes with thinking, and restoring a frenzied mind to a state of calm. Take a study published Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

    The researchers used data from Danish health registries for more than 940,000 children born between 1985 and 2003, and analyzed their mental health outcomes in tandem with the green space surrounding their homes. They found that the relative risk for developing a psychiatric disorder in adolescence or adulthood was significantly higher — from 15 to 55 percent — for those surrounded by the least green space.

    Even when the researchers controlled for parents’ age and socioeconomic status, family history of mental health, urbanization, and municipal socioeconomic factors (think average income, education, and unemployment where the child lived), green space continued to have a protective benefit on mental health. The strongest association between exposure to green space and increased risk of developing a psychiatric disorder showed up for those who had lived in downtown Copenhagen while the weakest was demonstrated in rural Denmark.

    There are questions the study can’t answer, including whether people with a higher genetic risk for mental illness would be more inclined to choose denser urban areas, or whether unmeasured socioeconomic factors like higher crime rates and lower-quality green space could play a role in mental health outcomes. But this research begs us to consider anew how exposure to nature in an urban environment could enhance or hurt our mental health — and what we plan to do about that. Kathleen Wolf, a research social scientist at the School of Environmental & Forest Sciences at the University of Washington who was not involved in the PNAS research, believes that this study and others like it prove that we need to take green space seriously in cities as a means for improving people’s every-day quality of life and wellbeing. “Can we, by way of urban greening and other interventions, alleviate the pain and suffering before it happens?

    thank you

    Craig A. Durfey

  2. How many of these homeless had jobs (even if low paying) so that they were not homeless until Assemblywoman Sharon Q-Silva and her Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom destroyed the California economy? Go look at how great Florida is doing and weep that we could have been as successful fighting the Chinese Virus if only we had a Republican Governor. Assemblywoman please spare us your press releases where you try to make us think you are part of the solution. You and the Democrats who are destroying California are a big part of the problem. All the problems including homelessness.

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