NPH entered 2022 knowing that to transform our housing infrastructure, we need change from the ground up.
We saw a need to pursue legislative opportunities that can address the root issues that are making housing so out of reach for so many Californians.
We also saw a need to deepen strategic partnerships with lawmakers and our members so we can collectively work more responsively and efficiently, in turn maximizing the impact of homelessness solutions and affordable housing investments.
First up was addressing why housing production legislation has stalled at the state level, which led to the passage of AB 2011, a bill that satisfies the mutually important goals to create significantly more affordable housing effectively and efficiently while also strengthening worker rights and wages.
At a time when Bay Area residents report a sense of “doom and gloom” and view cost of housing, cost of living, and homelessness as the most serious issues facing our communities, there seemed to be little reason for hope.
AB 2011 will bring much-needed relief and decisive action for our communities. It will strengthen our communities for all who live and work here by opening 108,000 acres of livable space currently occupied by neglected strip malls, sprawling parking lots, abandoned office corridors, and other qualified commercially-zoned areas. The bill also strengthens middle-income jobs and employment standards by ensuring that developers invoking AB 2011’s streamlined process pay construction workers union-level wages. Read more in our AB 2011 piece.
With a record state budget surplus, we saw a critical opportunity to advance affordable housing goals. While funding for more affordable housing production was secured through the state budget process, much more will be needed ahead, and we’ve laid the groundwork for deeper budget advocacy in 2023.
Overall, our focus was to deliver reforms and investments, at scale, that prioritize people first. The results? We’ve secured critical wins and have built the momentum needed to keep advancing our agenda into 2023. See below for our quick 2022 summary of all that we accomplished together, alongside you!
Passed into Law!
Laying Groundwork for 2023
The 2022-23 state budget includes a total of $2 billion for affordable housing solutions, an important and significant amount but not enough for what is needed to match our communities’ housing needs. A big victory from this budget includes the extension of the California Housing Accelerator for a second year, beyond its pilot year. Looking ahead to the 2023-24 state budget, NPH will ramp up a renewed budget advocacy campaign to improve on the investments from this year.Key 2022 budget allocations include:
2022 was a much-needed success for our affordable housing movement and industry. We’ve secured a transformational win with the passage of AB 2011, solving what has been a major source of affordable housing construction gridlock in California over the last several years. We’ve laid necessary groundwork for deeper state budget advocacy in 2023 and continued work on critical affordable housing bills that remain in progress. We know firsthand that the transformation of our housing infrastructure will take time and NPH is here for the long haul of our collective work.
Going into 2023, we’re preparing right now for renewed legislative and budget advocacy efforts. Our focus will be on bills related to streamlining affordable housing construction on faith lands and advancing our Surplus Lands Act (SLA) policies. We’ll also be supporting a broader universe of affordable housing development priorities both through the legislative and state budget processes.
We’re also looking ahead to the 2024 electoral cycle as a key opportunity to build the public will needed to shift hearts and minds and advance critical affordable housing priorities.
Ready to join us? Take the first step today by joining our Legislative Issues Committee, where for nearly 40 years we’ve been strategizing, planning, and making an impact alongside the Bay Area’s affordable housing industry. You’ll have a chance to help us determine our priorities moving forward!
NPH is working closely with our Bay Area Housing for All (BAHA) coalition partners on transformational electoral strategy for November 2024. If successful, our 2024 initiative will dramatically shift how we can generate local funds to build more affordable housing and homelessness solutions, creating structural change and unlocking billions of dollars in the Bay Area and around the state. But to be successful, we need you to help us build the power and infrastructure we need to win. Sign up to support 2024 efforts!