San Francisco, CA August 24, 2016- Earlier today, California’s Senate approved Senate Bill 1150, legislation
designed to protect widows, widowers, and other heirs from unnecessary foreclosures. Senate Bill 1150 (Leno,
Galgiani), the Homeowner Survivor Bill of Rights (SBOR), was approved by the Senate with 23 votes for it. The
bill is now headed to Governor Brown.
Authored by Senators Mark Leno and Cathleen Galgiani, SB 1150 provides critical protections for widowed
spouses and other survivors including domestic partners, heirs, siblings, joint tenants, and other people who own
their homes but who weren’t listed on the mortgage. SBOR closes a loophole in California law that fails to
provide protections to surviving homeowners against foreclosure that are available to other homeowners.
“Today’s vote is an important step forward in protecting California seniors from unnecessary foreclosures that
are the direct result of mortgage servicer red tape and intransigence. We urge Governor Brown to sign SB1150
into law, and we extend our gratitude to all of the surviving homeowners who have courageously testified and
shared their difficult stories about the need for SB 1150, as well as the more than 60 organizations supporting SB
1150” comments Kevin Stein, associate director at the California Reinvestment Coalition, a co-sponsor of
“Attorneys at HERA have worked with dozens of surviving homeowners facing this problem, and while each
story is unique, the obstacles they’ve faced from their servicers are not. Servicers refuse to speak with surviving
homeowners, give them misleading and inaccurate information about options to retain their home, refuse to
accept payments, and attempt to foreclose on them. SB 1150 puts a stop this bad behavior and helps to protect
the largest asset most of us will ever own. We hope Governor Brown agrees that protecting seniors from these
needless foreclosures makes sense” explains Maeve Elise Brown, executive director of Housing and
Economic Rights Advocates, a co-sponsor of SB 1150.
“We’ve worked hard to educate our legislators about the very real impact this problem is having on California
seniors, and today’s vote is an acknowledgement that SB 1150 is smart public policy. We encourage Governor
Brown to sign this bill to help protect Californians, especially seniors, and especially women, from these
needless foreclosures” adds Nan Brasmer, president of the California Alliance of Retired Americans, a cosponsor
of SB 1150.
Broad Support: SB 1150 is co-sponsored by Housing and Economic Rights Advocates (HERA), the California
Reinvestment Coalition (CRC), and the California Alliance for Retired Americans (CARA). SB 1150 is
supported by California Attorney General Kamala Harris and over 60 well-known organizations, including
AARP California, Courage Campaign, CalPIRG, the Multicultural Real Estate Alliance for Urban Change, the
National Council of La Raza, National Housing Law Project, Neighborhood Housing Services of Los Angeles
County, and more.