As we shift seasons and head into summer, it’s not just the weather that’s changing. When we moved on from May and jumped into June, we passed the critical legislative deadline for bills to pass out of their house of origin, closed out Affordable Housing Month, and offered new and exciting events and trainings to get you set for summer. Read on…
PROGRESS FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING AS WE MOVE INTO SUMMER
Important Bills Move Forward: We’re pleased to share that the hard work of our affordable housing community this spring has paid off. Many NPH priority bills, including AB 1486 and AB 1487, have passed floor votes in the Assembly and moved on to the Senate for review!
AB 1487, which offers Bay Area-specific funding opportunities for our Bay Area housing affordability needs, has now been referred to the Senate committees on housing and governance and finance. We’re thrilled to share that not a single Bay Area lawmaker opposed the bill, and we will be working to ensure that the Senate offers strong support for this critical effort as well.
AB 1486 would strengthen our Surplus Land Act to transform unused public land into a public good, freeing up tens of thousands of acres statewide to build more homes affordable to everyday Californians. The bill has reached the Senate for consideration and is moving forward.
Building Support for SB 50: SB 50, which would create more options for California families to find safe, stable, affordable homes while also protecting longtime residents and their communities, was turned into a two year bill, which means it has been tabled until next year. Even with this setback, NPH is committed to strengthening our advocacy work and growing our coalition so that we are even more well positioned next year to make the case for SB 50, in addition to continuing to advocate for other smart housing policies as well.
Budget Update: A negotiated budget package from the administration and legislative leadership includes significant new investments in affordable housing, and should be finalized by June 15. Provisions include:
A $500 million expansion to the low income housing tax credit program;
A $500 million investment in HCD’s Infill Infrastructure Grant program;
A $500 million investment in CalHFA’s mixed-income loan program; and
A $650 million investment to help jurisdictions tackle homelessness.
May was #AffordableHousingMonth, and we’re thrilled that we got to work with our regional partners on amplifying the message that our communities are strongest when we all have a safe, stable, affordable place to call home, no matter our race or class.
It was an honor to share stories from around the Bay Area — from small business owners to public education leaders to elected officials and more. And we were delighted to work with KQED to highlight perspectives from Dr. Josh Bamberger, NPH Director of Health and Housing Initiatives and UCSF clinical professor. Listen at KQED: “Nothing I have in my black bag improves the health of a homeless person … other than housing.”
We look forward to revamping efforts for next year, and in the meantime, we’d love to hear about the impact that the month of activity brought! Tweet your stories, events, and other memorable moments with #AffordableHousingMonth.
Head into summer with these two great opportunities with NPH’s Emerging Leaders Peer Network (ELPN.)
Thursday, June 25: Please join ELPN with Cohn Reznick for a workshop on cost certifications. What are they? Why are they so important and why does my CPA need to prepare it? Bring your questions and Cohn Reznick will answer them all! Register here.
Wednesday, July 17: It’s time to network and celebrate! Join ELPNers for the annual mid-year party at Drake’s outdoor beer garden, to relax, meet peers and professionals, and enjoy pizza, snacks, and drinks! RSVP here.
NPH’s annual conference is the Bay Area’s premier affordable housing conference and connects over 1,000 attendees from all sectors across the affordable housing industry and movement. Save the date to join us September 20, 2019 at the San Francisco Marriot Marquis for a day of learning and networking as we continue to strengthen #OurMovementOurFuture. And there are even more ways to engage this summer:
Submit a workshop proposal: There’s still time to submit a workshop proposal! On this milestone year, we are particularly looking for workshops that demonstrate the value and importance of collaboration in strengthening Our Movement, Our Future. Submit your proposal by this Friday, June 14.
Join our workshop selection committee: Help us shape this year’s conference by sharing your expertise and knowledge on our conference workshop selection committee! The selection committee will review 2019 workshop proposals and play a key role in determining the workshop slate and tracks for this year’s Conference. Complete the sign-up form by Friday, June 21 for consideration.
Become a conference sponsor: Support NPH’s work and enjoy benefits, including free conference passes, exposure to over 1,000 conference attendees, acknowledgment in NPH print and online publications, and name or logo featured in conference mailings and materials. Sponsorship information available here!
6/21: SFHDC 31st Anniversary Awards. JoinSan Francisco Housing Development Corporation for their 31st anniversary gala and awards dinner to honor phenomenal women who have made a difference in the lives of people in San Francisco and the Bay Area.
6/27 Chinatown CDC Aloha Happy Hour. Join Chinatown CDC at the beautiful Harborview Restaurant & Bar with its spectacular views of the waterfront for scrumptious snacks and aloha vibes. Meet other supporters and learn about our organization and how you can get involved.
COALITION CORNER: CCEDA 7/24 "Innovative Funding Tools" workshop. Join CCEDA and leading practitioners for a daylong workshop in Oakland on Innovative Funding Tools for Community Economic Development Projects, featuring public, private, and new crowdsource funding. Hear from subject experts and other supporting organizations about industry trends and opportunities, and learn how these funding tools are accessed and successfully utilized.
8/13 NOFA application deadline: HCD amended the Housing for a Healthy California (HHC) Program Final Guidelines and is concurrently releasing the two separate Notices of Funding Availability (NOFA).
NOFA for Article I(National Housing Trust Fund allocation) totals approx. $33 million. HCD will allocate funds competitively to developers for operating reserve grants and capital loans.
NOFA for Article II(Building Homes and Jobs Act allocation) totals approx. $60 million. HCD will allocate funds competitively to counties for acquisition, new construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, administrative costs, capitalized operating subsidy reserves, rental subsidies, and rental assistance for existing and new supportive housing opportunities to assist the HHC program’s Target Population.
Learn more and register for a NOFA workshop/webinar here