Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva (D – Fullerton) hosted the Assembly Housing Working Group Roundtable Discussion and Site Tours in Orange County to explore solutions to the state’s housing production crisis and supportive care services for the most vulnerable residents. The Assembly Housing Working Group gathered for the sixth stop in a statewide seven city series. The series consists of regional roundtables to provide community leaders, labor, housing advocates, and elected officials an opportunity to discuss practical and innovative solutions for the housing crisis the state is currently facing.
“Every community, city, and county has to take responsibility for this housing crisis,” said Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva. “There cannot be any passes offered, and these roundtables provide us the opportunity to work on new, innovative solutions for the state.”
“We in the Building Trades are excited to participate on a panel that seeks to solve the housing affordability crisis, said Ernesto Medrano. “Middle class wages are a strong component, and we are eager to advocate for their inclusion within the housing affordability discussion.”
The discussions and site tours — included local experts, policymakers, and a wide variety of housing stakeholders, to form the basis of new policy ideas that the Housing Working Group may pursue in 2022 Legislative Session. With a diverse group of community leaders in attendance, discussions were shared on the current homelessness count in Orange County, housing production statistics, and updates from cities on their efforts to address the housing crisis.
“Buena Park is proud to have several affordable housing projects either in construction or very close to breaking ground,” said Aaron France, City of Buena Park. “In addition, Buena Park and the 12 North SPA cities continue to operate two very successful Navigation Centers as part of a collaborative, regional effort.”
Following the roundtable discussion, members embarked on three site tours showcasing recuperative care, mental health, and affordable housing models throughout Orange County.
The first location was Illumination Foundation’s Navigation & Recuperative Care Center. The site tour provided the members an opportunity to see first-hand the impact that a wrap-around service provider can offer with supportive housing.
Next, members visited BeWell OC, a new innovative solution to the growing mental health concerns in the homeless community. BeWell OC brings together a robust, community-based, cross-sector strategy—public, private, academic, faith and others—to create a community-wide, coordinated ecosystem to support optimal mental health. This mental health facility focuses on serving the whole person, in addition to exploring new alternatives for homeless outreach.
Lastly, the members concluded their tours at one of Jamboree Housing’s new sites, Buena Esperanza, to help illuminate the needs of more attainable and affordable housing to be created in Orange County.
“Every lawmaker on this tour comes from a different part of the state, with a different perspective on the housing crisis – but we can all agree on the critical need to roll up our sleeves and fix the problem,” said Assemblymember Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland). “It’s essential that we put our boots on the ground in communities across California, and take in a range of critical human experiences and different solutions to our housing and affordability crisis. I’m eager to continue hearing from stakeholders across the state for whom housing issues impact them in a unique way — during the remainder of this housing tour, and in the year to come.”
Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva continues her efforts in addressing the ever-changing housing crisis in California and was honored to be a host for the Assembly Housing Working Group. For more information or to schedule an interview please contact my office.