Policy Agenda

To the extent possible, the Federation annually lays out its policy agenda, which becomes the policy work plan for the year. The agenda is developed by staff in conjunction with the Policy Committee, who provides recommendations for the Board’s adoption. It is developed cooperatively with local allies, state-wide organizations, and national housing groups. Policy issues that emerge during the year are considered first by the Policy Committee who recommend positions and strategies to the Board.

2017 Policy Priorities

Advocacy Area #1 – Resources for the creation and preservation of affordable homes

  • Strongly support efforts to create a stable, dedicated source of state funding for affordable housing through legislation, the state budget, and potential statewide bond measures.
  • Strongly support efforts at the federal level to protect critical affordable housing programs, including the Low Income Housing Tax Credit, Tenant and Project-Based Section 8 Vouchers, the HOME Program, and CDBG funding
  • Work to ensure that San Diego receives its fair share of resources from the new “No Place Like Home” program for permanent supportive housing and support local efforts aimed at bringing these types of resources to the region.
  • Advocate for TCAC policies responsive to the regional funding landscape.
  • Continue to advocate for the connection between housing and health outcomes and support programs that provide resources to this connection.
  • Support measures that aim to preserve affordable housing and work to identify performance metrics that would help prevent loss of existing affordable housing stock.
  • Monitor the implementation of other local funding sources such as inclusionary in-lieu fees, linkage fees, SRO replacement fees, and seek other opportunities such as boomerang funds, other public assets, and potential local bond measures.
  • Participate in the implementation and rule-making for and ensure the San Diego region receives its fair share of state funding programs, including: the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) program; the Veterans Housing and Homelessness Prevention (VHHP) program; No Place Like Home (NPLH); and other statewide housing programs.

Advocacy Area #2 – Land use that promotes affordable housing

  • Support legislation at the state level that helps to streamline the development process for housing, while ensuring that a sufficient percentage of affordable housing will be included in new development to meet the needs of low-income Californians.
  • Support legislation aimed at strengthening state Housing Element Law to make it a more effective tool to incentivize the creation and preservation of affordable housing, enforce RHNA production goals and add disincentives to cities that fail to comply.
  • Support other opportunities such as state legislation on density bonus enhancements and solutions to the Palmer court decision regarding local inclusionary housing policies.
  • Continue to work on and support changes to improve local density bonus programs and incentivize affordable homes as a part of new development.
  • Advocate for affordable housing as a key component of transit-oriented development (TOD) policies, local Climate Action Plans and transit agency policies, to include affordable housing requirements and make the San Diego region competitive for cap-and-trade funds.

Advocacy Area #3 – Reducing the cost to build affordable housing

  • Identify opportunities that could help to lower the cost to develop affordable homes through reforms that shorten entitlement processing times, create more certainty, and reduce unnecessary or duplicative regulatory barriers.
  • Seek opportunities to reduce the cost of land associated with developing affordable housing. This could include programs to promote land donations, utilization of land banking, public land set-asides, land trusts and programs for lease or below market sale of public lands.

Advocacy Area #4 – Resident Protections

  • Support policies that prevent elimination of existing housing and advance fair housing, including protecting against source of income discrimination (e.g. tenant-based vouchers)

2017 Supported Bills

  • SB 2 (Atkins) – Building Homes and Jobs Act. Creates an ongoing source of funding for affordable home development and job creation through a fee on real estate-related document recordings. Download a sample letter of support here.
  • SB 3 (Beall) – Would enact the Affordable Housing Bond Act of 2018, which, if adopted, would authorize issuance of state general obligation bonds in the amount $3 billion. Would require voter approval on the November 2018 ballot.
  • AB 71 (Chiu) – Increases the California Low Income Housing Tax Credit by $300 million by disallowing the deduction of mortgage interest for a taxpayer’s second residence. Download a sample letter of support here.
  • AB 74 (Chiu & Santiago) – Would establish the Housing for a Healthy California Program.