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Bill to Expand Affordable Housing for Teachers Signed by Governor

October 10, 2016

A measure authored by Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) and sponsored by the City of San Francisco to expand affordable housing options for teachers was signed by Governor Brown on September 27. SB 1413 will help California retain quality educators by allowing school districts to establish housing for teachers and employees on district-owned property.

"When high quality teachers can’t afford to live where they work, the entire community suffers,” said Senator Leno. “Governor Brown’s approval of SB 1413 will help school districts directly address the housing affordability challenges facing teachers and reduce high turnover rates."

SB 1413 establishes the Teacher Housing Act of 2016 to facilitate affordable housing programs for teachers and school employees throughout California. The bill authorizes school districts to establish housing on their property and restrict occupancy to teachers and school employees, while still accessing federal tax credits for affordable housing. It provides clear authorization to school districts and developers to implement these programs, encouraging public-private partnerships and local solutions to keep teachers in their communities.

California has some of the highest housing costs in the nation. This lack of affordable housing creates barriers to effective teaching and teacher retention. Communities without sufficient affordable housing options face high rates of teacher turnover, which is costly for school districts and destabilizing for students. Replacement costs for teachers have been found to be about $18,000 per teacher who leaves.

SB 1413 is supported by a long list of teacher associations, local governments and nonprofits.

It will go into effect January 1, 2017.

Source:  Office of Sen. Mark Leno

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