Bonta Bill to Address Oakland Homeless Crisis Signed by Governor

Thursday, September 20, 2018

AB 3139 Authorizes City of Oakland to Lease Surplus State Land to Temporarily Provide Housing and Food to Homeless Community Members

SACRAMENTO – Legislation authored by Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) to address the growing homeless crisis in Oakland has been signed by Governor Jerry Brown. 

AB 3139 will allow the City of Oakland to lease up to 10 unused parcels of land below or next to state freeways for emergency shelter or food service programs for one dollar ($1) per month.

Currently, there are an estimated 2,500 unsheltered people in Oakland.

“Housing is a basic human need and a basic human right,” said Bonta. “Too many Californians are suffering without shelter. This legislation is a great example of state and local leaders working together to devise a creative solution in one city for one of our most pressing problems.”

Without AB 3139, the cost to lease the Caltrans parcels would be full market rate, which would be cost prohibitive, and result in the land remaining vacant, blighted, and an attractive nuisance.  Once the parcels are leased, the City of Oakland can provide aid in the form of temporary housing and or food distribution.

“I want to thank Governor Jerry Brown for signing into law a bill that allows Oakland to lease much-needed public land for future homeless shelters and Assemblymember Bonta for partnering with the city to provide a creative solution on this critical issue,” said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf.

“AB 3139 will provide another tool in the toolbox to help the City of Oakland address the growing homeless crisis,” said Bonta. “By leasing these parcels of land for emergency shelters or food service programs, we can tangibly help the many people in our community who need vital assistance.”

Assemblymember Rob Bonta represents the 18th Assembly District, which includes Oakland, Alameda, and San Leandro and is the Assistant Majority Leader and Chair of the Asian Pacific Islander (API) Legislative Caucus.