KQED: “Push to Create a Regional Housing Agency for the Bay Area”

KQED: “Push to Create a Regional Housing Agency for the Bay Area”

“State lawmakers are proposing to create a housing agency for the San Francisco Bay Area, with the ability to impose regional taxes to fund development, local planning and tenant assistance.

“The legislation, set to be unveiled on Thursday, would create a new agency to address a problem felt by residents in all of the region’s nine counties. Assembly Bill 1487 is the cornerstone of a controversial regional housing agenda┬ábeing pursued at the state Capitol.

“‘It is central to what we’re trying to do with a regional approach,” said Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, who authored the bill…

“‘Some jurisdictions have a lot of staff and revenue but there’s a wide range within the region,’ said Amie Fishman, executive director of the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California. ‘So having a regional strategy will also help to generate the local solutions that are needed.'”

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Alina Harway