On Friday February 18, 2022, Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian, Chair of the Assembly Aging and Long-Term Care Committee, introduced AB 2547, the Housing Stabilization to Prevent and End Homelessness Among Older Adults and People with Disabilities Act as part of a package of bills to support older Californians and people with disabilities. This legislation advances the Master Plan for Aging goal of preventing and ending homelessness among older adults. Justice in Aging, LeadingAge California, Corporation for Supportive Housing, the State Council on Developmental Disabilities and United Way of Greater LA are co-sponsors of the bill.
The bill would enable an estimated 25,000 extremely low-income older adults and people with disabilities who are currently homeless or at risk of homelessness to afford housing on the rental market. Over 50% of older adults in a recent survey said that an additional $300/month would be enough to make a difference in their ability to stay housed.