Affordable housing legislation, recommendations for the Governor, & more (NPH E-News)

RELEASE: Major Environmental and Affordable Housing Organizations Endorse Senator Wiener’s SB 50, the More HOMES Act
January 31, 2019
Christian Science Monitor: ‘All hands on deck’
February 12, 2019


The Voice of Affordable Housing


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Wednesday, February 6


New affordable housing bills and proposals continue to shape out as lawmakers approach the 2019 bill introduction deadline (February 22). NPH is proud to be playing an active role.

Last week, NPH announced our co-sponsorship of SB 50 (Wiener), which would create more housing near transit, increase affordable housing opportunities in historically exclusionary communities, and provide critical tenant protections. "This bill supports our commitment to producing, protecting, and preserving affordable opportunities for our most vulnerable community members," said Amie Fishman, NPH Executive Director.

We’re also calling for support on critical bills including NPH co-sponsored AB 10 (Chiu, et. al.), which would increase the State Low Income Housing Tax Credit by $500 million per year, and CHPC sponsored SB 9 (Beall), which permanently removes the sunset for certificated state credits. 

Want to share your support? Download template letters (.doc) to get you started:

And please join us at our February 7 Legislative Issues working group meeting where we’ll discuss current bills, NPH priority legislation, CASA compact, RDA proposals and more. Questions or comments? Please get in touch with, who is now NPH’s State and Regional Policy Manager!


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NPH is proud to work on behalf of our members and communities to serve as the voice of affordable housing for the Bay Area. We’re weighing in to shape the conversation and drive progress for our policy priorities. 

  • With a spotlight on Microsoft’s pledge for a hefty investment in affordable housing, NPH called to the conversation the need for corporate investments to work in partnership to maximize impact. Read more.

  • In collaboration with affordable housing leaders and partners from around the state, NPH shared our policy goals and strategies for Governor Newsom to fulfill his stated mission to implement a bold plan to end homelessness and increase affordability. Read more.

  • And be sure to catch NPH staff on panels at the upcoming Housing California conference, as we offer lessons learned and opportunities ahead. NPH Director of Advocacy and Community Engagement JR Starrett will present on organizing success at "Building a People Powered Movement: How Housing Won at the Ballot Box in 2018." NPH Communications Director Alina Harway will speak on a panel of communicators and facilitate a break-out session as part of "Framing Affordable Housing Around Equity: Taking Control of the Narrative." And NPH State and Regional Policy Manager Pedro Galvao will speak on "CASA, Committee to House the Bay Area Region – Broad Stakeholder Process to Develop a Compact of Solutions."


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Friday, 2/15. NPH Nomination Deadline: 40th Anniversary Affordable Housing Leadership Awards. Help us spotlight the affordable housing leaders that embody a commitment to advancing our affordable housing movement and building our future. Submit your nominations by February 15 and then save the date for our May 2 Annual Affordable Housing Leadership Awards, where we’ll recognize our awards winners and join together for for celebration and community.

Tuesday, 2/19. ELPN Training: Insurance 101. Back by popular demand, Insurance Training 101 helps unwind the complexities of insurance related to affordable housing development. General Liability, Builders Risk, CCIP, OCIP, Workers Comp, Professional Liability, Waiver of subrogation, Errors & Omissions, and more — Justin Dove of Arthur J. Gallagher will share a presentation on insurance types and common issues in affordable housing development and cover how to read insurance certificates. Click here to register.

Tuesday, 2/26. NPH Brown Bag Workshop:"Reducing Barriers to Affordable Housing for Homeless Applicants: Implementing a Homeless Preference" (Webinar.) Housing organizations intend to serve people with the fewest options, but long waiting lists, background checks, and complicated application processes fall especially hard on homeless applicants. This Brown Bag Training will explore policy innovations such as HUD’s Opening Doors pilot, in which owners voluntarily adopt preferences for homeless applicants. Panelists convened by Chris Hess, Satellite Affordable Housing Associates (SAHA), will also discuss how to reduce barriers to homeless applicants through resident selection policies that ‘screen in’ rather than ‘screen out’ vulnerable populations. Click here to register.


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Intern applications are now being accepted for our second round of the Bay Area Housing Internship Program! 

NPH’s Bay Area Housing Internship Program (BAHIP) is a one-year, paid internship program designed to recruit and train students at Bay Area colleges and universities to become housing development professionals. This internship aims to provide a launching pad for college students from low-income, communities of color backgrounds into a career in affordable housing development and project management.

The deadline to apply for the 2019/2020 internship year is Friday, March 29th. Please share this opportunity with your colleagues, friends, family, residents, and your wider network. To learn more about BAHIP and our current class of amazing interns, please visit the BAHIP page on our website. The full application with background and instructions can be downloaded here (.doc). Applicants can also choose to use the online form found here


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Looking to join a passionate team of affordable housing advocates with a track record of making progress for housing solutions? Check out our current openings and spread the word to grow our team and strengthen our impact:

Policy Director: The Policy Director is a senior level management position responsible for directing and leading NPH’s state policy strategy and implementation, and supervising regional and special policy initiatives. Read more about this position here.

Racial Equity & Inclusion Program Manager: The Racial Equity & Inclusion Program Manager is responsible for developing, growing and administering NPH’s new Racial Equity Program and the Bay Area Housing Internship Program (BAHIP), two programs that are part of NPH’s work to increase and advance racial equity in the affordable housing community. Read more about the position here and please note the new application deadline for the Racial Equity & Inclusion Manager is February 8th. 

Communications Associate: NPH is looking for a Communications Associate to help support progress for our region’s housing crisis by shaping and sharing the messages that inspire voters, persuade lawmakers,  mobilize supporters, and engage and support our member and coalition network. Read more about the position here.

Did you know that NPH also has a jobs board of affordable housing openings from around the Bay Area and state? Click here to check it out!


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Friday, 2/15: SV@Home Affordable Housing Week Proposals Due. Affordable Housing Week is just around the corner! With a new governor in the statehouse and a record number of housing bills introduced on the first day of the session, we need to make sure affordable housing stays at the top of the priority list in Sacramento.  But, just as importantly, we need to take the opportunity to reconnect, take stock, and reflect on our work and opportunities here in Santa Clara County. Submit a proposal to host an event during Santa Clara County’s 2019 Affordable Housing Week, which runs May 3 – May 17!

Submit your proposal

Friday, 2/22: HLC Affordable Housing Week Proposal Due. Each May, HLC and our partners reach thousands of community members to highlight the benefits that affordable housing brings to communities, the need for more affordable homes in our communities, and work together for new solutions to the housing crises in San Mateo County through Affordable Housing Week (AHW). AHW has become a much-anticipated way to advance our collective work through greater public visibility and education, outreach to decision makers, and organizing for change. Submit a proposal to host an event during San Mateo County’s 2019 Affordable Housing Week, May 3 – 10!

Learn more and submit your proposal

Monday, 3/4: The San Francisco Foundation 2019-2021 Multicultural Fellowship Program cohort applications due. The Multicultural Fellowship is a transformational two-year, full-time program that offers participants experiential opportunities to grow professionally and personally. Successful candidates are early-career professionals of diverse backgrounds who are new to philanthropy and who show promise and passion to create equitable change in the Bay Area.

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Friday, 3/27 – 3/29: NLIHC Conference. Awareness about the affordable housing crisis in America is growing, and federal policymakers on both sides of the aisle are responding; some have put forward bold legislative proposals to address the housing needs of low-income people. Join NLIHC for their 3-day forum in Washington DC to focus on seizing on this momentum to achieve real solutions to homelessness and housing poverty in America.


Friday, 3/29: HTSV Investor Briefing 2019. Join the Housing Trust of Silicon Valley for their annual luncheon event that brings together 500 people from across the housing and real estate industry, local and state government officials and the business community. It’s the place to network with old and new friends, make new plans for impact, and reflect on successes and stories in the affordable housing landscape.


COALITION CORNER: Thursday, 2/14: Urban Habitat "Can’t Build Our Way Out." Join Urban Habitat for a moderated panel to amplify the voices and accomplishments of Serve the People San Jose, The Village, and others. Panelists will discuss the importance and potential of public land, community land trusts, and permanently affordable housing structures.

Register here

COALITION CORNER: Friday, 3/27: California Budget & Policy Center’s "Policy Insights 2019." For those working to improve the lives of low- and middle-income Californians, please join the California Budget & Policy Center at their annual conference, which will include sessions on tax and budget policy, poverty and inequality, health care, education, housing, race equity, early childhood education, criminal justice, and various other topics.

Register here

Thank you for your support for affordable housing. Together, we can build a future where everyone has access to a safe, healthy, affordable home!

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