Policies

Laying the groundwork:
2021 POLICY PRIORITIES

Launching in March, the Roadmap HOME 2030 is a comprehensive framework of equity-centered, evidence-based policy solutions to create structural change in how California addresses housing and homelessness over the next decade, with clear mileposts for success.

On January 26, we released an initial package of 12 solutions to urge our state leaders to take swift action during the 2021-22 legislative session. Together these solutions will create or preserve 245,000 affordable homes, preserve 90,000 unsubsidized affordable homes, and provide housing and related services to over one million people per year.

INVEST IN OUR VALUES

by prioritizing housing resources for those struggling the most, especially Black, Latinx, Indigenous and people of color

PROMOTE FAIRNESS

by restructuring tax and finance systems to undo racial inequities

PROTECT PEOPLE

by updating and enforcing the rules that safeguard Californians struggling to afford a home and facing discrimination

REIMAGINE GROWTH

by transforming how we use land to create more affordable homes and access to opportunity

CREATE EFFICIENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY

by designing seamless, coordinated housing and homelessness systems to close racial equity gaps and create homes for all

1

Initiate a $10 billion statewide housing bond to fund five more years of affordable housing for low-income families and people experiencing homelessness.

80,000 new affordable rental homes and 60,000 first-time homebuyers

406,000 people served per year

2

Fund the conversion of commercial properties and rental properties occupied by low-income households currently on the private market into affordable homes, building on the success of Project Homekey. Give tenants and affordable housing organizations the first right of offer on rental homes that are offered for sale.

90,000 preserved affordable homes

261,000 people served per year

3

Shift savings from planned and future state prison closures to fund housing and services for formerly incarcerated Californians experiencing homelessness.

Savings will total several hundred million dollars in the near term and around $1.5 billion annually by 2024-25

4

Make permanent the $500 million expansion of the state Low Income Housing Tax Credit to increase affordable housing production through public-private partnerships.

70,000 new affordable homes

203,000 people served per year

5

Permanently fund a flexible range of homelessness solutions, including rental assistance, interim housing and permanent housing and services, by recapturing $2.4 billion per year lost through corporate tax loopholes and reductions through the Bring CA Home campaign (bringcahome.org).

48,000 new affordable homes

Housing and services for 168,000 people experiencing homelessness each year

6

Empower voters to support building affordable homes locally by lowering the supermajority approval threshold required for housing ballot measures to 55% (the same requirement for educational facilities), generating approximately $3 billion in local revenue over the coming decade.

29,000 new affordable homes

84,000 people served per year

7

End exclusionary and racially discriminatory zoning in opportunity-rich neighborhoods by supporting and holding local governments accountable to implement current land use laws and by allowing increases in building height and density for mixed-income and affordable housing developments.

125,000 new affordable homes at no public cost and 500,000 new market-rate homes

344,000 people served per year (affordable homes only)

8

Allow new apartment and condominium developments to be built in commercial and mixed-use zones when at least 20% of the homes are affordable to low-income households.

9

Speed up affordable housing production and eliminate inequitable misuses of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) by exempting new housing developments, including Project Homekey hotel conversions, that are 100% affordable to low-income households, while continuing to address environmental justice concerns.

10

Provide ongoing eviction protections and assistance to renters by creating a standing state-of-emergency Renter and Small Landlord Resiliency Emergency Program that launches upon declaration of a crisis, based on lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic and major wildfires.

11

Increase the speed and efficiency of the delivery of emergency housing assistance by creating a revolving state fund to bridge the timing of disaster relief.

17,000 affordable homes rebuilt several years faster

48,000 people served per year

12

Speed the construction of affordable homes and reduce uncertainty and costs by streamlining the award of state funding for affordable housing developments receiving financing from four different state agencies into one decision-making process.

46,000 new affordable homes

133,000 people served per year

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For general inquiries, please email info@roadmaphomeca.org.

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