The Trump Administration is proposing rules that would fundamentally gut the Community Reinvestment Act by making its investments less targeted to low and moderate income people. If these proposed changes go through it will significantly undermine California’s ability to build more affordable homes. We urge you to download and send a comment letter today (.doc) to stop this harmful rule from being implemented. Comments are due no later than Monday, March 9. For more information on protecting the Community Reinvestment Act head over to the California Reinvestment Coalition’s website here.
In 2018 Governor Brown signed AB 2923, state legislation that affects zoning requirements on existing BART-owned property within a half mile of stations in Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Francisco Counties. As a sponsor of AB 2923, NPH closely tracks BART’s implementation of its Transit Oriented Development (TOD) plan to provide technical assistance and support BART’s efforts to stay transparent. Now’s your chance to give BART feedback!
1. Register below for one of two webinars to learn more about AB 2923 and ask questions of BART staff:
Join us on Thursday, March 5 (12pm-4pm) at The California Endowment in Oakland for our first Resident Services Training of the year: “You Count. I Count. We Count Together: Census 101 Training for Affordable Housing Services Staff.” This training will provide affordable housing services staff with the resources and outreach tools that can support their residents in understanding, accessing, and completing the Census.
Join us at our Thursday, March 26 (12pm-2pm) for our Brown Bag Training “Implementing New 3Ps Policy Tools,” by NPH Regional Policy Manager Rodney Nickens Jr. and NPH Policy Director Pedro Galvao. This training will explore lessons learned from the 2019 legislative session, discuss and demystify these new affordable housing policy and production tools, and break down how local jurisdictions and developers can apply these new tools to produce and preserve affordable housing and protect tenants.
NPH is proud to work with partners around the Bay Area to continue building momentum for affordable housing through the ballot box. In San Jose, voters will have the opportunity to say yes to affordable housing on the March primary ballot with Measure E, a proposed new tax which could raise tens of millions of dollars to fund affordable housing projects in San Jose. The money would come from a permanent new property transfer tax on commercial, industrial and residential properties worth at least $2 million. NPH has been working to support SV@Home and our members on this campaign. Learn more and get involved.
We’re also working to bring forward a 9-county regional affordable housing funding measure to bring our solutions to scale. NPH was proud to work with Assemblymember David Chiu, Enterprise Community Partners, and our members to successfully pass Assembly Bill 1487, which authorizes the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) to bring big, bold investments to voters, giving the region the opportunity to build a new foundation for our future. Click here to learn more and endorse the campaign.
Please help spread the word that NPH is accepting intern applications for our Bay Area Housing Internship Program (BAHIP)! The deadline to apply for the 2020/2021 internship year is Friday, March 6th at 5:00pm. BAHIP is a one-year, paid internship program designed to recruit and train students of color at Bay Area colleges and universities to become affordable housing development professionals. NPH works to place BAHIP interns in NPH member organizations where they have the opportunity to see the affordable housing sector firsthand. Please send all questions to Monica at Monica@nonprofithousing.org!
PLEASE WELCOME VERNA LIM, OUR NEW CONTENT SPECIALIST!
Verna Lim, NPH Content Specialist
Verna Lim, MA is thrilled to be on board at NPH. She brings story design, content production, and fluff cutter skills to help NPH’s audiences take affordable housing issues to the next level.
She loves inspiring folks to click call-to-action buttons, open up pocketbooks, and sign the dotted line — with compelling story, visuals, and interactive tools. Her biggest pet peeve is when good work gets buried under fluff. She honed her impatience for cognitive overload entrepreneurially in various story-focused businesses. At her latest venture, Field Station Media (a video production company), Verna helped innovative companies and organizations get acquired, raise brick-and-mortar funding, and be seen on national networks. In crafting video for EBALDC and the Unity Council, and creating BACLT’s web design and copy, she discovered a passion for affordable housing. It reconnected her to earlier years capturing grassroots leaders’ stories in the Bay Area’s most marginalized communities, as cofounder/principal of See Change Evaluation. A West Berkeley resident since 1998, she’s been alarmed by the impact of displacement in her own neighborhood. Her goal in the 2020s is to fight despair with actionable hope for changemakers at large — visually, verbally, viscerally.
Our Movement, Our Moment
We can’t do this work without our members. Join today or renew your membership to help us strengthen and grow the affordable housing movement in 2020.
Members get access to exclusive opportunities, such as submitting nominations for our annual leadership awards, sharing events in the NPH Bulletin, and sharing jobs on our jobs board! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to join/renew today.
2/21 Tom Iamesi Memorial Service. Please join fellow housers in celebration of the late First Community Housing’s Real Estate Director’s Tom Iamesi’s life, work, and generous spirit in San Jose. There will be a reception with refreshments, and photos after the service to continue remembering this dear son, brother, mentor and friend.
2/24 SAHA’s Altamira Apartments Groundbreaking. Please join SAHA to celebrate the groundbreaking of Altamira Apartments in Sonoma, the new construction of 48 units for low-income families and veterans. Program starts at 3pm sharp with remarks from Mayor Harvey and other partners.
2/27 MidPen Housing’s Chestnut Square Senior Housing Grand Opening Ceremony. Join MidPen as they celebrate the Grand Opening of Chestnut Square Senior Housing in Livermore – 72 affordable apartments for seniors – and preview Chestnut Square Family Housing – 42 affordable apartments – currently under construction next door.
2/28 Submit a proposal for Santa Clara County Affordable Housing Week. Affordable Housing Week’s success comes from all of the fantastic events hosted by organizations across Santa Clara County that engage the community in the conversation around affordable housing. Submit your event to county convener SV@Home today!
2/28 Submit a proposal for East Bay Affordable Housing Week. Affordable Housing Week is an opportunity to bring EBHO members together and engage each other in our successes, have conversations about what we’re struggling to change, and show what is possible when we work together to protect, preserve, and produce affordable homes for all. EBHO Members are encouraged to submit an event to host below.
2/28 Submit a proposal for San Mateo County Affordable Housing Week. The Housing Leadership Council engages hundreds of housing supporters around San Mateo County to collectively learn, mobilize, and understand the positive and extensive impact affordable housing brings. HLC does this by offering the opportunity to attend informative workshops, groundbreakings, housing policy panels, affordable housing tours, and more.
3/6 Deadline to request funds for San Rafael housing proposals. In preparation for the upcoming release of a Notice of Funding Availability, the City of San Rafael is conducting a pre-application process to solicit affordable housing proposals from proponents that would be interested in requesting funding from the City’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund.
3/6 PATH’s “Villas on the Park” Grand Opening Ceremony. Join PATH as they celebrate the grand opening of Villas on the Park, a downtown San Jose development that provides 83 affordable apartments for our neighbors experiencing homelessness. CA State Treasurer Fiona Ma, Senator Jim Beall, Supervisor Cindy Chavez, Mayor Liccardo, and Councilmember Peralez will be in attendance.
3/13 Housing Trust Silicon Valley’s Investor Briefing. This annual luncheon and networking event provides partners of Housing Trust and the business community with policy and impact updates around affordable housing in the greater Bay Area. Keynote address, updates on Housing Trust’s progress, recognition of the year’s housing champions, and networking from 10:30am to 1:00pm at the Santa-Clara Convention Center.
3/18 Solutions for Housing Communications Convening. On March 18, attend the only event in the nation that brings housing communicators together to discuss latest strategies and tactics for expanding awareness of the benefits of affordable housing and building support for affordable housing policies and development.
3/19 Housing California Lobby Day. Join RUN and Housing California for our annual Lobby Day in Sacramento! On March 19, 2020, advocates from all over the state will hold a rally and press conference in support of homes for all Californians. Then we’ll head to the Capitol to make sure legislators hear from us about bills to increase affordable housing and end homelessness.
3/25-27 National Low Income Housing Coalition’s Housing Policy Forum 2020. The forum on “Ending Homelessness and Housing Poverty” will take place at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, D.C. from March 25 – March 27. A special Resident Session begins March 24.
4/14-16: Housing CA Conference. Join with advocates and allies all over the state for the 2020 Housing California conference, which will focus on a future California where no one is homeless and everyone can afford a safe, stable place to call home. This year’s conference will be in San Diego! Early bird registration closes on February 14.
COALITION CORNER: 2/25 Ecology Law Quarterly 2020 Symposium.
Join ELQ for its 2020 symposium on Tuesday, February 25 at 5:30 PM in Room 105 at Berkeley Law for a panel discussion with Moira O’Neill (Center for Law Energy and the Environment, Columbia University), Christopher Elmendorf (UC Davis), Renee Roy Elias (Center for Community Innovation), and Carolina Reid (Terner Center for Housing Innovation) moderated by Eric Biber (Berkeley Law).
COALITION CORNER: 3/11 Cal-IHEA’s Housing as a Health Intervention. The California Initiative for Health Equity and Action (Cal-IHEA), is excited to host a policy briefing entitled, “Housing as a Health Intervention.” The briefing will convene an expert panel to present research evidence that focuses on housing as a health intervention for populations experiencing homelessness and housing instability.