Healthy Housing Updates - 2015

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October 2015

Celebrate Healthy Housing Victories!

CHHC members played an important role in shaping and advocating for two new healthy housing policies in 2015.

First, in August, Governor Brown signed SB 328, authored by Senator Ben Hueso and co-sponsored by CHHC members, the California Association of Code Enforcement Officers (CACEO) and Regional Asthma Management and Prevention (RAMP). SB 328 guarantees tenants have a right to know about the pesticides used where they live by requiring landlords that self-apply pesticides to notify tenants of when and where pesticide products are used. Here is a fact sheet for the bill (including a list of supporters). This new notification requirement will become law on January 1st.

Second, in October, the governor signed SB 655, making California the first state to explicitly declare mold an enforceable substandard housing condition.  Authored by Senator Holly Mitchell and co-sponsored by CACEO and RAMP, SB 655 provides a clear signal to local enforcement agencies that they can require owners to fix mold problems.  Here is a fact sheet for the bill (including a list of supporters). This new policy will become law on January 1st as well.

Please join us in thanking Governor Brown for signing these bills and Senators Hueso and Mitchell for their leadership on healthy housing issues.

You can e-mail the governor by following this link, selecting “other” in the drop down menu, and thanking the Governor for signing SB 328 and SB 655.

You can thank Senator Hueso for his commitment to healthy housing by following this link.

 And you can thank Senator Mitchell for her leadership in steering the mold bill through the legislature here.

And finally, a big thank you to all CHHC members who advocated for these new protections!

 

September 2015

 Support Healthy Housing in California!

Two healthy housing bills co-sponsored by CHHC members, the California Association of Code Enforcement Officers (CACEO) and Regional Asthma Management and Prevention (RAMP), passed the legislature and are now on the Governor's desk. Will you take a moment to voice your support to ensure all residents in California have access to healthy housing?  It only takes a few minutes, and your support can make a difference for families across the state!

#1 Tenants Right to Know - Pesticide Use

SB 328, authored by Senator Ben Hueso,guarantees tenants have a right to know about pesticide use where they live by requiring landlords that self-apply pesticides to provide the same health and safety information to tenants that licensed pest control operators already must provide.  Here is a fact sheet for the bill (including a list of supporters).  Please urge Governor Brown to sigh this healthy housing legislation by:

UPDATE!: Governor Brown signed SB 328 on 9/8!  This new policy will become law on January 1st!  To thank the Governor you can:

  1. Fax a thank you to 916-558-3160.
  2. Submit your thank you on-line (no attachments):   https://govnews.ca.gov/gov39mail/mail.php
  3. Call  (916) 445-2841 and thank the Governor’s office.

#2 Addressing Mold in Homes

The second bill, SB 655 , represents our first legislative effort to address the problem of mold in homes. While the science has become increasingly clear that the presence of dampness, visible mold, and mold odor in indoor environments are associated with increased risk of respiratory illnesses such as asthma, mold is not explicitly included as an enforceable substandard housing condition in the state Health and Safety Code. As a result, some jurisdictions respond to mold complaints and some don’t. SB 655, authored by Seantor Holly Mitchell, would add mold as an enforceable, substandard housing condition to the Health and Safety Code and give a clear signal to local enforcement agencies that they can require owners to fix mold problems.  Here is a fact sheet for the bill.

Please let the Governor know that mold should be included as an enforceable substandard housing condition! To register your support you can:

We need your help to ensure these bills are signed into law. Please take just a few minutes to submit letters of support for both pieces of legislation.

Thank you for helping to ensure all Californians have access to healthy housing!

 

August 2015

 Healthy Housing Bills Move Through State Assembly

Two healthy housing bills co-sponsored by CHHC members, the California Association of Code Enforcement Officers (CACEO) and Regional Asthma Management and Prevention (RAMP), passed out of the state Senate and are now making their way throughthe state Assembly.  SB 328, authored by Senator Ben Hueso,will ensure tenants have a right to know about pesticide use where they live.  This tenant's right to know bill passed the Assembly and will soon be on the Governor's desk.  SB 655, authored by Seantor Holly Mitchell, will identify mold as an enforcable substandard housing issue.  This important bill will be heard on the Assembly Floor soon.

If you would like to support SB 328 you can use this template to craft your letter of support.  The template includes the fax number to Senator Hueso's office.  You can also e-mail your letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  If you would like to support SB 655 you can use this template to draftyour letter of support.  The templace includes the fax number to Senator Mitchell's office.  Otherwise, you can e-mail your letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .     

We will have information for submitting letters to the Governor's office soon!

 

 June 2015

 Healthy Housing Bills Pass the State Senate

 Two healthy housing bills co-sponsored by CHHC members, the California Association of Code Enforcement Officers (CACEO) and Regional Asthma Management and Prevention (RAMP), passed out of the state Senate and now make their way to the state Assembly.  SB 328, authored by Senator Ben Hueso,will ensure tenants have a right to know about pesticide use where they live.  SB 655, authored by Seantor Holly Mitchell, will identify mold as an enforcable substandard housing issue.

Both bills are now in the state Assembly.  If you would like to support SB 328 you can use this template to craft your letter of support.  The template includes the fax number to Senator Hueso's office.  You can also e-mail your letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  If you would like to support SB 655 you can use this template to draftyour letter of support.  The templace includes the fax number to Senator Mitchell's office.  Otherwise, you can e-mail your letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

March 2015 

CHHC 2015 Annual Meeting A Success!

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Thanks to everyone that attended this year's annual meeting in Los Angeles (March 18-19).  Over the two-day meeting we had great presentations on:

  • National Healthy Housing Standard 
  • Research on farmworker housing and health
  • The health effects of mold and moisture in indoor environments
  • Communication and messaging for healthy housing
  • Building relationships with policy makers
  • Effective collaboration between non-profit and government agencies

We also heard updates on state housing policy, had productive workgroup discussions on implementing ideas from the presentations in our individual work, and discussed the coalition’s agenda and priorities for 2015. With the most current information and tools to connect with policymakers, the coalition looks forward to another successful year of moving the state toward healthier housing.

 

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 We congratulate our members on another successful year!

 

 January 2015

Healthy Housing Bills Introduced

Senator Ben Hueso continued his leadership on healthy housing issues by introducing SB 328 in the state legislature.  Co-Sponsored by CHHC members the California Association of Code Enforcement Officers (CACEO) and Regional Asthma Management and Prevention (RAMP), this bill will ensure that tenants have the right to know when pesticides are used where they live.  Click here to learn more about this issue.  SB 328 will be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Senator Holly Mitchell joined our healthy housing efforts by introducing SB 655 in the state legislature.  Also co-sposored by CACEO and RAMP, this bill would define mold as an enforcable substandard housing condition.  Click here for a fact sheet on the issue.  SB 655 will be heard in the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee.

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