State Assemblymember Buffy Wicks, D-Oakland, is proposing and co-authoring a package of bills that plans to address the housing crisis in California by protecting renters, promoting affordable housing and developing sustainable living for all income levels.

Wicks, who was elected to the state Assembly in November 2018, authored AB 724, which, if passed, would create a statewide registry to track rental data; AB 726, which would help households in rent-to-own agreements; and AB 725, which would develop more affordable housing types.

“We are millions of millions of homes short of where we need to be,” Wicks said at an East Bay for Everyone forum Saturday. “In California, we have one of the lowest numbers of homes for population.”

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