RELEASE: Updated Election Results for Affordable Housing Measures Demonstrate Significant Investments, Broad Public Support
Alina Harway, NPH Interim Communications Director
Updated Election Results for Affordable Housing Measures Demonstrate Significant Investments, Broad Public Support
NPH analysis shows voters united behind affordable housing policy
San Francisco, November 21, 2016 — With updated vote counts from County Registrars, it is now confirmed that all three of the Bay Area affordable housing measures have passed in Alameda, San Mateo, and Santa Clara County.
“We now have a decided victory in all three of these Bay Area county measures, bringing greatly needed investment to provide local, affordable homes for our community members, especially those most at risk of homelessness and displacement,” said Amie Fishman, NPH Executive Director.
“This news is particularly heartening in light of the deep polarization coming out of Election Day. In a time of deep division, affordable housing has shown itself be an issue of unity. Voters overwhelmingly got behind the idea of helping our friends, neighbors, and families – not just here in the Bay Area, but around the nation,” said Fishman.
The Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California (NPH) published new analysis of election results on affordable housing from around the nation, finding that more than 80% of affordable housing measures on voters’ ballots this November received strong support from voters spanning seven states and 27 jurisdictions.
The three affordable housing bonds in the Bay Area led the way, in campaigns supported by NPH and NPH Action Fund. NPH members developed a voter registration and education program for affordable housing residents, registering more than 8,000 and engaging more than 11,000 residents across the Bay Area. In Santa Clara County, Measure A holds a tight vote margin of several thousand yes votes.
“With our members and partner groups, NPH will continue to build on the momentum of support demonstrated this Election to find affordable housing solutions for all of our communities,” said Fishman.
Affordable housing measure vote counts, as of 11/21/16 at 10am:
County & Measure
Alameda Measure A1
$580 million bond for affordable rental housing, 1st time homebuyers assistance and Innovation & Opportunity Fund
San Mateo Measure K
Extension of existing sales tax for 20 years to provide longer term, reliable resources for affordable homes and essential County services
Santa Clara Measure A
$950 million bond to create affordable housing for vulnerable communities including homeless residents
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