Workforce Training and Mobile Home Park bills Head to Governor

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(SACRAMENTO) – Assemblymember V. Manuel Pérez is pleased to report that two of his bills passed the Assembly Floor today and now make their way to the Governor:

Assembly Bill 2060 establishes the Supervised Population Workforce Training Grant Program, a new competitive grant program for workforce training for the formerly incarcerated.

The grant program will be administered by the California Workforce Investment Board and available to counties on a competitive basis.

To fund the program, Pérez secured $1 million in the 2014-15 Budget Act, which will be appropriated through the state’s Recidivism Reduction Fund.

“These grants will enable our local governments to offer programming that will improve offender outcomes and promote community safety and stability,” said Pérez. “Workforce training helps the formerly incarcerated gain access to one of the most effective anti-recidivism tools – a job.”

The bill is sponsored by PolicyLink, Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice, and the California Workforce Association and is supported by a host of organizations, including the Riverside County Superintendent of Schools and the Riverside Sherriff’s Association.

Assembly Bill 225, which Pérez authored together with Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park), is the result of advocacy by Pérez with the Assembly Committee on Housing & Community Development for a financing mechanism to address the substandard conditions in mobile home parks.

The bill repurposes and adds flexibility to the Mobile Home Park Rehabilitation and Purchase Fund that helps finance mobile home park conversions and improvements.

“Many of our mobile home parks in the eastern Coachella Valley are in an extreme state of neglect, subjecting residents to unsafe living conditions,” said Pérez.

“Yet if these parks were to close, our lowest-income residents would be displaced and without housing. With the AB 225 changes to the MPROP Fund, we allow for a nonprofit housing developer to take over the ownership and management while making repairs, maintaining this housing source while improving the living conditions.”

Specifically, the bill streamlines MPROP rules governing acquisition by nonprofits by separating in statute the MPROP funding rules for nonprofit acquisitions from those governing conversions to resident ownership, and provides attractive loan terms for nonprofit acquisitions.