Gonzalez Bill to Prohibit Discrimination in Mixed-Income Housing Passes Assembly Housing Committee

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SACRAMENTO – (Thursday, April 29, 2021) – Today, Assembly Bill 491 by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) that ensures no California resident is discriminated against based on their income and denied access to areas of a housing development, passed the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee on a 7 to 0 vote. 
“Can you imagine telling your child they couldn’t use the same door or swim in the same pool as other kids who live in the same housing complex?” Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez said. “It’s completely unacceptable for affordable housing residents to be treated like second-class citizens and discriminated against based on their income. We think this was already illegal in state law but we are going to make it very clear.”
In recent years, discriminatory planning practices in mixed-income housing – also known as “poor door” developments – have come under increased scrutiny. AB 491 codifies a consistent, statewide standard requiring all mixed-income housing developments to allow residents of both market-rate and affordable housing units to have the same access to common entrances, areas, and amenities.
In 2019, a proposed downtown development in San Diego called Pinnacle Pacific Heights would have included two adjacent towers, with low-income tenants given a separate residential entrance and prohibited from accessing the pool and roof deck amenities located in the market-rate tower. The project was ultimately denied by the downtown planning agency Civic San Diego after San Diego residents voiced strong opposition.
For questions or to schedule an interview with Assemblywoman Gonzalez, contact Mike Blount: Mike.Blount@asm.ca.gov