Apple announced this month that it will spend $2.5 billion to help address the affordable housing crisis in California. It’s the largest in a series of similar pledges from big tech firms this year, which now total $4.5 billion in California.
Apple’s pledge includes $1 billion in loans to help developers and the state build low- to moderate-income housing; another billion in mortgage financing and down-payment assistance to first-time homebuyers—particularly the "missing middle" of teachers, nurses, and other essential workers who have been priced out of the communities they serve; and $500 million for local efforts that include donating land the company already owns.
Facebook and Google have already pledged $1 billion each in both money and land to help create and subsidize affordable housing in California. The two companies estimate that their combined investments will create 40,000 homes for Bay Area families and workers.
These pledges are "bold and critical," NPH Executive Director Amie Fishman told NPR. "It is so important that Apple has stepped up, along with other tech companies … It is unconscionable that so many people are sleeping in the streets every night. It is unconscionable that people are driving hours and hours to and from their jobs."
Still, money is only part of the solution to California’s affordable housing crisis. As Fishman pointed out to The Hill, tech companies should "work with the experts and the advocates who have been doing the hard work for decades" on effective legislation and land use policies that allow affordable housing development to thrive. These are the kinds of reforms NPH is fighting for—and winning.
San Francisco voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition A on November 5. The new bond will invest $600 million towards building and fostering low and middle-income housing, with funds earmarked to support housing for educators and the elderly.
Prop A is a win for housing justice that will help San Francisco keep its commitments to the city’s most vulnerable. Big thanks to all the NPH members and supporters who volunteered, contributed, and voted to help secure this victory!
NPH and NPH Action Fund are proud to partner with communities around Northern California to identify and pass important revenue measures to create more affordable homes.
Want to engage and collaborate with NPH on the housing issues you care about? Take advantage of these exciting, upcoming opportunities:
Friday, November 15: Public Land for Public Good: Demystifying the Surplus Land Act and AB 1486. Join NPH along with Great Communities Collaborative and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s Community Development Department to learn how agencies can be better prepared to implement AB 1486 in service of expanding housing affordability in high opportunity areas.Register
NPH’s Emerging Leaders Peer Network (ELPN)
Wednesday, November 20: ELPN Year-End Party. Join ELPN to celebrate another full year of building, supporting, and advocating for affordable housing in the Bay Area! Register.
ELPN is recruiting new members to join its Steering Committee and Sub-Committees. ELPN offers professional development and networking opportunities to emerging professionals in the field. By joining the Steering Committee or a sub-committee, you’ll have a unique opportunity to help shape and design ELPN’s annual programming. For more information, including the application, click here. Applications are due Friday, December 6.
Join NPH at our annual holiday member party for food, fun, and an opportunity to connect with fellow NPH members! We’ll celebrate the success we have accomplished this past year with you – our members, partners, and advocates – and gear up for an exciting 2020.
Calling all Nonprofit Developers: We will be releasing the application for the 2020-2021 program year of our Bay Area Housing Internship Program (BAHIP) later this month!
Interested applicants who have not previously hosted an affordable housing development intern must attend a webinar informational session to learn more about the program and the application process. Save the date now for the webinar dates, which will be Tuesday, December 3rd at 1pm and Wednesday, December 4th at 11am. Please stay tuned for the application announcement later this month.
For more information, please contact Monica Joe, Racial Equity and Inclusion Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 415-989-8160 ext. 11.
THE HOLIDAY SEASON IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER, AND WE INVITE YOU TO KICK IT OFF WITH US BY SUPPORTING OUR GIVING TUESDAY CAMPAIGN!
Held on the first Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Giving Tuesday (December 3, 2019) is a global day of giving back where you’ll have the chance to join people around the world and support a cause close to your heart.
From today to Giving Tuesday, help NPH continue to make progress towards a future where everyone has a safe, stable, and affordable home. By joining this movement, you’ll be supporting our critical affordable housing work as we continue to create and advance bold and transformative solutions for affordable homes.
Donate now, mark your calendars, spread the word, and stay tuned for more details!
11/13 East Bay Housing Organizations’ Annual Membership Celebration. Join EBHO for an evening of community connection, celebrating our wins, and committing to work together for housing justice in the big year ahead.
11/14 Housing Leadership Council’s Happy Hour & Housing 101 Training. Join HLC for drinks, snacks, and a brief training on how to advocate for affordable homes in your community. This fun and informative event is perfect for newcomers and a great way to meet other people in your community interested in affordable housing!
11/15 San Francisco Foundation’s Challenge Grant Fellowship. This fellowship creates an opportunity for ambitious leaders to advance the next generation of housing policy in one of the most influential regions in the world.Fellows will help local governments advance innovative housing policy to support equity and inclusion.
12/11 California Budget and Policy Center’s Budget Preview: The latest installment in the Center’s Policy Perspectives Speakers Series is The State Budget Process and Key Issues to Watch for in 2020. The free event includes two sessions: an introduction to the California state budget process, and a preview of what to expect from the upcoming state budget and legislative deliberations in 2020. Register
12/12 SV@Home’s Annual Members Holiday Party. Enjoy cocktails, appetizers, cookie decorating and mingling with other housers determined to make housing affordable throughout Silicon Valley.
Coalition Corner: 12/3 The Bay Area Senior Health Policy Coalition’s "Shaping the Future Together: Aging in the Bay Area." Join over 200 aging advocates, policymakers and stakeholders at this one-day conference for action-oriented and engaging sessions on issues impacting the Bay Area’s aging population.