Governor Newsom brings a new energy and focus to California’s lack of housing in general, and lack of affordable housing in particular. He’s set an audacious goal of building 3.5 million new units over the next seven years and legislators have followed suit with nearly 200 housing-related bills – many aimed at wrestling down the cost of housing. The trick is, policy makers don’t necessarily agree on how to decrease the cost of housing. The list of fixes include building housing near transit, allowing fourplexes “by right,” building homes on surplus state-owned land, financing more infrastructure and setting rent caps and tenant protections. What are the chances any or all of these measures will pass? What signs bode well for major housing reform in the long term, while also meeting the state’s climate and equity goals, and which political and policy realities stand in the way?
Join this funder-only webinar on June 6th, from 10am to 11am, to cut through the chaos of proposals and understand the underlying players and tensions. In addition to drilling down on specific policies at play, our speakers will touch on some of the big-picture questions behind the current housing debates, such as: Will affordability be increased by simply increasing housing stock? Do jobs and income equality need to be addressed in tandem with housing affordability?
- Liam Dillon, LA Times
- Anya Lawyer, Western Center on Law and Poverty
- Doug Shoemaker, Mercy Housing
- Erin Riches, Senate Housing Committee
- Diana Williams, Principal, Diana Williams and Associates (moderator)