Earlier this week, Governor Gavin Newsom released his 2022-2023 state budget proposal, which includes critical investments to address the state’s housing needs and assist those experiencing homelessness. It also includes a historic step in directly linking housing to California’s climate goals: key allocations in the budget are designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by supporting affordable housing development and preservation near jobs, services, and transit. Overall, the proposal advances the Administration’s commitment to housing and homelessness as one of the most critical issues facing Californians.
While the Governor’s proposal includes substantial housing investments, much deeper investments will be needed to fully address the long-term needs of our communities in the Bay Area and throughout California.
As our neighbors and communities continue to grapple with the lingering public health and economic impacts of COVID-19, the Bay Area needs ongoing affordable housing investments at scale that can address displacement and other impacts from the pandemic. Building more affordable housing, preserving existing affordability, and keeping tenants housed are key ways to support our communities in emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 has made the challenges facing our neighbors even more difficult, and to fully recover from this crisis, we must make sure the Bay Area is resilient enough to face the future. This means that we must prioritize big, bold housing investments that are at scale to meet the needs of the Bay Area.
The current social and political landscape has underscored the critical need to think expansively and creatively about how to answer the needs of our communities today, while also setting up for a future where everyone can thrive and succeed. NPH and our members are eager to bring our ideas, experiences, and recommendations to the table during the next stage of budget negotiations for the May Revise.
NPH will continue to work diligently with our partners and allies to make sure that our lawmakers prioritize the future of our communities, so that families today and the next generation are protected and can thrive. Having a safe, stable, and affordable place to live is the foundation for this future.
Affordable Housing and Climate Goals:
Housing affordability continues to be a key issue facing Bay Area renters. There are over 3 million low-income individuals in the Bay Area who qualify for affordable housing, and over one-third of these low-income individuals are considered extremely low-income (below 30% of AMI). Making sure that people in our community can afford a decent, safe place to live is essential for a strong, healthy, vibrant Bay Area. Linking housing to climate goals ensures that we both lower greenhouse gas emissions while also making sure that housing is built near jobs, transit, schools, and other essential services.
In the Bay Area, there are over 35,000 people on any given night experiencing homelessness. Improving our communities starts with everyone having a safe place to call home. The following proposed investments will be critical in halting even more folks from falling into homelessness — yet will need to be matched by ongoing investments focused on services and prevention.
Other Noteworthy Investments:
To fully meet the housing needs of the Bay Area, we also must include investments for mixed-income rental housing, preservation efforts, and ownership opportunities. The following investments in the budget seek to address these areas.
The budget proposal includes critical investments toward addressing affordable housing and homelessness in California, some historic. The budget is a critical and much-needed starting point. NPH and our allies will work closely with lawmakers, the Governor’s office, advocates, and community members to advocate for deeper investments to be included in the May Revise of the budget proposal.
Deeper investments in housing could meet our communities’ needs to build more affordable homes, preserve existing affordability, and keep tenants housed. We especially would like to see the budget reflect California’s Roadmap Home 2030, which emphasizes the need for sustained investments at the scale that meets our housing challenges. The Roadmap Home 2030 is a bold, long-term plan to create the future we want for California by building affordable homes, protecting low-income renters, ending homelessness, and advancing racial equity and economic inclusion.
NPH, along with our partners and allies, will advocate for the following to be included in the May Revise of the state budget proposal:
NPH will work with lawmakers and the Governor’s Administration to incorporate these critical investments into the May Revise. Beyond the budget, there will also be opportunities to secure critical investments through other mechanisms, and NPH will analyze and support these opportunities as they emerge. NPH looks forward to the additional public policy opportunities that will unfold this fiscal year: from affordable housing preservation efforts, to streamlining proposals to allow churches to more easily create affordable homes on land they already own.