School Employee Housing Bill Passes Senate Housing and Transportation Committee

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Sacramento – AB 45 by Assemblymember Tony Thurmond (D- Richmond) provides financial assistance to school districts seeking to develop rental housing for school employees. AB 45 passed the Senate Housing and Transportation committee on Tuesday.

“I am encouraged by my Senate colleagues’ support to address housing for teachers and school employees,” said Assemblymember Thurmond. “AB 45 is a proven solution that works to recruit and retain teachers that will fortify support for students.”

According to the Learning Policy Institute, 75% of California schools report a shortage of teachers. Teacher housing models have been used in school districts throughout the United States to address this shortage. Both in rural districts in North Carolina and West Virginia, and in urban areas like Cupertino and Los Angeles.

AB 45 provides a mechanism for school districts to offer affordable housing and improve student outcomes for our communities and kids.

The bill moves forward to the Senate Education Committee.

AB 45 is sponsored by the California Teachers Association, the California Federation of Teachers, and the State Building Trades Construction Council.  It has also received support from the California School Employees Association, Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California, San Francisco Unified School District, and California School Employees Association.

Assemblymember Tony Thurmond represents the 15th Assembly District, comprised of the cities of Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, El Sobrante, Emeryville, Hercules, Kensington, Piedmont, Pinole, Richmond, San Pablo, Tara Hills, and a portion of Oakland.