It’s Official: Three Big Wins for Affordable Housing
A message from NPH Executive Director Amie Fishman
NPH was proud to help initiate, support, and win three Bay Area County Measures in November 2016, bringing greatly needed investment to provide local, affordable homes for our community members, especially those most at risk of homelessness and displacement.
In a time of deep division in our nation, affordable housing showed itself to be a true issue of unity. Voters overwhelmingly got behind the idea of helping our friends, neighbors, and families. (See NPH’s elections analysis here.)
Here in the Bay Area, we secured more than $2 billion in investments for our communities; but beyond numbers, we recognize what these policies mean for protecting and preserving the Bay Area that we love. We’re building a future where everyone has a place to call home, including those who have been historically displaced, marginalized, and excluded.
NPH and its members, developers and managers of affordable homes in the nine Bay Area counties played a strategic role in each of the campaigns, including achieving a 15% increase in residents’ voter registration and producing materials about voter registration in 7 languages.
These measures are a testament to our community’s ability to work together to continue moving down the path of solutions and compassion.
We are so proud that our movement is on the right side of history – No matter what else comes out of Election Day results, our efforts are part of the national movement for inclusion, compassion, equity, social justice, and for a society that takes care of our most vulnerable. We will never stop fighting for these beliefs.
Amie Fishman, NPH Executive Director
A $580 million bond for affordable rental housing, 1st time homebuyers assistance and Innovation & Opportunity Fund.
73.3% of voters approved this important measure to fund development of new rental opportunities, first-time and second-chance homeownership, and an Innovation Fund to allow pre-qualification for funding and rapid response that protects existing affordability.
Questions about Measure A1 implementation? Get in touch with NPH Bay Area Affordable Housing Partner, East Bay Housing Organizations(EBHO.)
Extension of existing sales tax for 20 years to provide longer term, reliable resources for affordable homes and essential County services.
70.4% of voters approved Measure K, the 20-year extension of Measure A, to increase the County’s annual commitment to affordable homes to reflect the crisis seniors, veterans, families and people with disabilities are feeling today.
Questions about Measure K implementation? Get in touch with NPH Bay Area Affordable Housing Partner, Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo (HLC.)
A $950 million bond to create affordable housing for vulnerable communities including homeless residents.
67.9% of voters approved Measure A, a game changing investment in permanent supportive housing, homes for very low-income seniors, veterans, families and people with disabilities, as a well as working families and first-time homebuyers.
Questions about Measure A implementation? Get in touch with NPH Bay Area Affordable Housing Partner, SV@Home.)