On Wednesday, October 18, 2023, Housing Action Coalition awarded Assembly Speaker Robert Rivas with their annual Housing Hero Award. At the ceremony, Speaker Rivas expressed his gratitude for the recognition and for Housing Action Coalition’s collaboration in passing and implementing policies to tackle housing costs and underproduction. Having grown up in farmworker housing, the Speaker spoke of the positive impact housing security had on his own upward mobility and conveyed his appreciation for his legislative colleagues’ work to address housing access and affordability.
“As Speaker, my eye is on the future,” Rivas said. “We need to do even more, from creating greater certainty in the post-entitlement permit process to removing barriers to building affordable homes."