The Project undertakes multi-faceted advocacy to serve low income persons, ranging from litigation to administrative and legislative advocacy and collaboration with community based organizations. Each year, attorneys participate in drafting or supporting state legislation to further protect the civil rights of lower income Californians.
Examples of ongoing legislative and administrative advocacy involving affordable housing and public benefits include:
- AB 325: Extending Statute of Limitations to Challenge Housing Elements
The Governor signed AB 325 extending the statute of limitations to challenge a housing element. The bill partially restored the exception to the short 90 day limitations period to challenge a general plan element or zoning ordinance, which had been severely limited by an appellate court decision. The legislation provides that members of the public and other interested groups have up to three years to file a suit attacking an element found out of compliance by the state Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). Litigants will have up to 17 months to attack the adoption of an element that HCD finds substantially complies with the Housing Element Law. The legislation was sponsored by Western Center on Law & Poverty and the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation, and PILP provided drafting, negotiation assistance and research. Here’s a link to the chaptered bill: AB 325.