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Assemblymember Tina McKinnor Seeks to End Failed ‘Tough on Crime’ Policies that Worsen Housing Crisis

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(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Assemblymember Tina McKinnor (D – Inglewood) today introduced legislation that would end a decades-old law used to promote housing segregation and force unnecessary evictions in minority communities across California. AB 1418 (McKinnor) would end the state’s ill-worded and failed ‘crime-free’ housing policies that have increased housing insecurity for residents across California.

Specifically, AB 1418 would prohibit cities and counties from requiring landlords to use criminal background checks, make alleged criminal behavior without a felony conviction related to the property a basis to evict a tenant, prohibit landlords from evicting an entire household when a household member is convicted of a crime, define nuisance behavior to include police contact and require landlords to include lease provisions that provide a basis for eviction beyond what is covered in the state's existing eviction law.

“California’s housing crisis has been worsened by policies that further marginalize Black and brown residents under the auspices of seeking ‘crime-free’ neighborhoods,” said Assemblymember McKinnor. “Every Californian wants to live in a safe neighborhood, yet for too many years, ‘crime-free’ housing policies have not reduced crime, increased housing availability or increased housing affordability. AB 1418 will end these harmful policies that have made it harder for Californians to find a safe place to call home and eliminate laws that have resulted in further housing segregation across the state.”

Community and policy advocates agree. "The history of racist policies that drive mass incarceration and have disproportionately criminalized people of color make those same people the targets for exclusion and eviction by landlords due to these so-called 'crime-free' housing programs," said Gail Yen, California Policy Director with Root & Rebound. "This bill would help increase access to housing for, and prevent discrimination against, the people most impacted by mass incarceration."

AB 1418 will be considered by the State Assembly this Spring.