CCEDA focuses its policy efforts at both the statewide and national level. CCEDA works with its partners to keep policy discussions alive though ongoing meetings and calls with legislators, department staff, community leaders, and private sector industry leaders involved in community development. Through its policy work, CCEDA ensures that scarce state community economic development resources are targeted to projects and programs sponsored by community development economic organizations serving low and moderate income communities in California.
CCEDA has increased its national policy efforts at the legislative level. CCEDA has become more involved in easing access to community development resources as the federal government increasingly became one of the remaining sources of community economic development support.
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CCEDA has taken a bold, strong move by spearheading advocacy in support of NEM reform. NEM reform has a strong coalition in opposition, and that has been highly politicized as being “anti-solar.”
Having done work in climate change and adaptation, CCEDA has built relationships with various environmental groups, many of who are opposed to NEM reform.
However, it’s clear; this well-meaning program benefits wealthier homeowners, not the low-income communities that CCEDA seeks to empower. In keeping with CCEDA’s Vision and Mission, we became the forefront for low-income advocacy on this issue.
The CA Lifeline program offers low-income Californians assistance for wireless telecom services (cell phones and broadband internet). However, a recent proposed decision by the CPUC would eliminate this subsidy for customers who also receive the federal Affordable Connectivity Program.
The Lifeline $9.25 state subsidy and the federal ACP subsidy is $30. The CPUC considers Target Support to be $25.48, while the average bill for standard wireless plans is $60-$80. The combined subsidy of ACP and CA Lifeline would total $39.25, which is under the average.
CCEDA enacted a campaign to raise awareness and request public comment, with 38 comments collected so far.
A coalition of 19 community organizations and nonprofits seeking to address the issue of affordable housing in California. The coalition meets monthly, sharing strategies, legislation, and updates regarding affordable housing.
We recently had our first in-person meeting and drafted out a plan to creating and advancing legislation amenable to all parties that helps alleviate the affordable housing problem in the state.
CCEDA will continue working within this group to legislatively expand opportunities in low-income communities for home ownership, development of affordable housing, and housing assistance. We aim to introduce legislation next year.
CCEDA submitted a total of 7 letters of support for the following bills:
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