Ways to deepen your understanding and support initiatives advancing equity, affordability, and environmental vitality in housing
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Tools and Other Learning Opportunities
- Check out SV@Home’s new resource page to deepen your understanding of housing affordability!
- Explore the potential for green jobs and environmental benefits in your area with the Climate Solutions Lab’s Climate Opportunity Map.
- From current policies to future plans, learn more about the state of housing in your city with the Housing Readiness Report. (Created by the San Francisco Foundation’s Partnership for the Bay’s Future, Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative, and affordable housing advocates in the Bay Area.)
- The Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California and Shift the Bay have put together a wealth of resources to help you advocate for housing and racial justice in the Housing Elements process. Check them out here!
- Consider writing an op-ed to show your support for more housing in your community. This upcoming workshop by YIMBY Action will walk you through the basics of writing your article and getting it published in your local newspaper!
- Read about the California Dream for All, a shared appreciation loan with the potential to advance racial justice in homeownership. (Written by California Forward, California Community Builders, HR&A Advisors, and CSG Advisors, released by the California State Treasurer’s office.)
- This recent report from the Terner Center for Housing Innovation and the Lusk Center for Real Estate highlights financing opportunities for accessory dwelling units (ADUs).
Engage and Network
Upcoming opportunities to learn about intersectional approaches and work
- Answering the Call to Build Equitable Housing (SPUR | August 11, 5-6pm)
- The State of Climate-Resilient Affordable Housing (Enterprise Community Partners | August 17, 10am)
- Title 24 Interface to The 2030 Commitment: Zero Net Carbon Designed ADUs and Residential Projects (AIA California | August 18, 12-1:30pm)
- Achieving Equity in ADU Production (Casita Coalition | August 26, 11am-12pm)
- All-Use Buildings and the Pursuit of Equitable, Resilient Communities (SPUR | August 30, in-person from 6-7pm)
- 13th Zero Carbon Retreat (Redwood Energy | September 28-29, starts at 10am each day)
Stories of efforts that can enable holistic, regenerative change in California housing and communities
- “Lessons Learned: How Community Government Partnerships Advance Equitable Housing Policies” (Partnership for the Bay’s Future)
- “Google gives an update on its $1 billion commitment to combat Bay Area housing crisis” (Mountain View Voice)
- “How contractors can address their workforce challenges” (Efficiency First California)
- “California Invests over $231 Million to Advance and Expand Apprenticeship” (Press Release, California Department of Industrial Relations)
- New Building Codes to Help Underserved Communities (Building Green)
- “Four ways to address the housing shortage” (The Hill)
- S.F. Mayor Breed vetoes law to end single-family zoning, arguing it will actually hurt housing production (San Francisco Chronicle)
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