A special note from NPH’s Executive Director
For nearly 45 years, NPH has convened and led the Bay Area’s affordable housing industry for action and impact, harnessing our collective power to advance affordable housing solutions in the Bay Area and beyond.
Today, as I look back on our 2022 together, it has never been more clear that our victories come down to one key ingredient: you!
Together, we accomplished no small thing in 2022. From enacting transformative legislation, like AB 2011, the Affordable Housing and High Road Jobs Act; to passing several critical housing ballot measures and defeating some harmful ones; to working with our members to gear up for an exciting 2024 electoral strategy that has the potential to completely change the game for affordable housing in the Bay Area. NPH also launched our new Anti-Racist Champions of Change (ARCC) program to lift up the next generation of senior and executive BIPOC leaders.
At the core, all of these accomplishments, achieved alongside NPH members, were orchestrated through strategic partnerships, working across broad sectors, and an understanding that a power-building, movement-oriented approach is what moves the needle for our housing and racial justice priorities.
Together, we can achieve anything.
As I look ahead to 2023, I’m taking three lessons I’ve gained from our 2022 together: first, winning takes time. We did not arrive at our successes overnight; it has taken years of cultivating cross-coalition partnerships, stepping outside of our comfort zones, and embracing compromise with allies across various sectors with different priorities. We’re in this work for the long haul, strategizing for sustained and long-lasting transformation that shifts attitudes, beliefs, and systems.
Second, people are hungry for change and opportunity is in the air. Housing and homelessness rank as the primary areas of concern for Bay Area and California voters, with this interest reflected in the 2022 election cycle seeing over 50 housing measures on the ballot across California. This appetite for housing solutions signals a key moment for our affordable housing movement to ramp up our efforts, offering the smart, forward-thinking policies and investments that voters are hungry for right now. Now is the time to make the case for fulfilling our housing needs, at scale, so that every person and every family in our communities can prosper, thrive, and live in dignity.
Third, we must lead with our values. Politics can be fickle, and as artist and organizer, Favianna Rodriguez, so succinctly noted at the 43rd NPH Affordable Housing Conference, “values unite, while issues divide.” In a moment of content overload and political fatigue, we’re leading with our values of equity, justice, and community to reach hearts and change minds.
As we gear up for 2023, let’s take a moment to reflect on our wins and progress in this annual Impact Report. Looking ahead, NPH will keep doing what we do best: convening our members for strategy and impact and advocating for bold, transformative solutions, reinventing our approach as the moment calls for. There is only one thing we need to keep doing this critical work: you. We need you to keep showing up, working alongside us, and maintaining faith in our movement. Thank you for being here and I can’t wait to see what we accomplish together in 2023 and beyond.
NPH Executive Director