Last week, Governor Newsom reaffirmed his commitment to addressing California and Bay Area housing needs during his State of the State address. He shared his plans for dedicated funding and critical new proposals, and also announced the creation of a new Commission on Homelessness and Supportive Housing, headed by Sacramento Mayor and former State Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg.
NPH is also working closely with our champions in the State Legislature as we approach the bill filing deadline this week. We encourage members to send support letters now for SB 50 (Wiener), which would create more housing near transit, increase affordable housing opportunities in historically exclusionary communities, and provide critical tenant protections; AB 10 (Chiu, et. al.), which would increase the State Low Income Housing Tax Credit by $500 million per year; and SB 9 (Beall), which would permanently remove the sunset for certificated state credits. Please stay tuned as for additional NPH legislative priorities as they roll out and join us at our upcoming Legislative Issues Working Group meeting on March 7.
Visit our Action Center for template support letters
As NPH Executive Director Amie Fishman told the Christian Science Monitor last week: "[Housing] solutions can’t just work within city or county borders. People live, work, and drive across those borders, so we have to develop broader solutions that individual local governments don’t necessarily think about." (Read the full article here.)
NPH has long advocated that Bay Area residents deserve a regional approach to address our housing and transportation needs and, after 18+ months of work with CASA, a regional framework is in the works. The final CASA compact reflects the "three Ps" of Production, Preservation and tenant Protections through 10 proposals, listed below.
Now, NPH is proud to be named to the CASA Implementation Team to help lead the public campaign and work in collaboration with MTC, PICO, SV@Home, TMG, and a broad coalition to move the CASA compact forward as a legislative package in Sacramento. NPH will sponsor several of the CASA compact bills and is working closely with our Bay Area partners to ensure that the CASA legislative package has a strong equity frame. The full set of CASA’s compact proposals are:
1. Just-Cause Eviction Policy
2. Emergency Rent Cap
3. Emergency Rent Assistance and Access to Legal Counsel
4. Remove Regulatory Barriers to Accessory Dwelling Units
5. Minimum Zoning Near Transit
6. Reforms to Housing-Approval Processes
7. Expedited Approvals and Financial Incentives for Select Housing Types
8. Unlock Public Land for Affordable Housing
9. Raise $1.5 Billion from a Range of Sources to Fund Implementation of the Compact
EXTENDED DEADLINE: Wednesday, 2/20. NPH Affordable Housing Leadership Awards Nominations. Help us spotlight affordable housing leaders at our Annual Affordable Housing Leadership Awardsto be held May 2. Click here to submit your nomination TODAY!
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 webinar 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.
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.
SAVE THE DATE! Mark your calendars now for two of NPH’s biggest, most energizing events of the year!
Thursday, May 2: NPH Affordable Housing Leadership Awards Join us for celebration and community as we honor the affordable housing leaders who are strengthening our movement and our future. City Club of San Francisco.
Friday, September 20: NPH’s 40th Annual Affordable Housing Conference Make connections, learn, and build your network at the Bay Area’s premier forum for the affordable housing community. Marriott Marquis San Francisco.
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!
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.
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.
Monday – Wednesday, 4/15 – 4/17: Housing California Conference. Join Housing California for the 40th Anniversary Conference and envision a future California where no one is homeless and everyone can afford a safe, stable place to call home in a healthy, vibrant, and prosperous community. And be on the lookout for NPH staff – including Pedro Galvao, Alina Harway, and JR Starrett – sharing our expertise and strategy at Housing CA conference panels and workshops!
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.