Demand Abundant Housing for Californians
The pandemic has brought about unprecedented circumstances, and we’ve seen policymakers enact protections that offer little relief concerning stable housing. However, housing insecurity persists as renters, and low-income homeowners are increasingly at risk of losing their homes. The state must take on the challenge to address intra-regional development, home foreclosures ,and home prices affected by increasingly economic inequality levels that disproportionately impact communities of color.
That’s why it is up to us, the tech community, to sign on as endorsers of the Senate Housing package that protects vulnerable populations and preserves affordable housing initiatives. Existing legislation does not establish sufficient development opportunities; the Housing Package seeks to remedy the fundamental flaws by focusing on policy that ensures housing production, development, and investments can continue to move forward in the state.
TechEquity Collaborative stands alongside our Coalition partners in supporting the Senate Housing Package that will help communities throughout California accommodate for equitable growth and a unique opportunity to pave a path forward to improve housing security.
Learn More about the Senate Production Package
- The housing crisis is complex, resulting from a variety of factors including weak tenant protections, stagnant housing development, speculative real estate practices, and more. Each of these factors is itself multifaceted. The Senate Production package addresses barriers to housing development by fixing exclusionary zoning, regulatory barriers, and anemic public investment.
- Refers an initiative to voters for public investment in housing development and services for people experiencing homelessness and low-income Californians.
- Allows housing development in commercial areas, such as those where office, retail, and big box stores are typically found. SB 6 requires residential development in these areas to be at a minimum density to encourage multifamily and affordable housing.
- Gives affordable housing development special consideration in CEQA lawsuits. SB 7 streamlines judicial review so that housing developments do not experience costly delays that often kill projects altogether.
- Updates definitions in the Density Bonus Law to ensure that development standards do not preclude construction of high-density affordable housing.
- Allows by-right development of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), Junior ADUs in single family zones. SB 9 also allows splitting single family parcels into two, and development of up to two residential units on each parcel.
- Allows cities to approve up to 10 units of housing on any lot if it is within half mile of a transit stop, near a jobs center, or in an otherwise underdeveloped area.
- After passing the Senate Rules Committee, SB 5 was never scheduled for a hearing in Senate Committees on Housing or Government & Finance and died on April 30, 2021.
- After approval in the Senate, SB 6 died in the Assembly Committee on Housing and Community Development on August 27, 2021.
- SB 7 was signed into law by the Governor on May 20th, 2021.
- SB 8 was signed into law by the Governor on September 16, 2021.
- SB 9 was signed into law by the Governor on September 16, 2021.
- SB 10 was signed into law by the Governor on September 16, 2021.