Ensuring Homes for All: An Equity Primer on Housing Elements
Did you know that your city is required by the State of California to create a plan for how it will accommodate future growth and provide housing for all income levels? This plan, the “housing element,” can determine everything from the future location of homeless shelters and apartment buildings (or their exclusion) to protections for tenants.
Right now, cities are beginning to update their housing elements and to show how they will meet regional goals requiring them to produce affordable housing. This public process – which this year may be streamlined or under the radar in many communities – is a key tool for advocates to ensure equal distribution of affordable housing, homes close to jobs and transit, and policies to prevent displacement.
Come hear our panel of experts give you the 101 on the Housing Element process, why you should care, and how you can get involved now.
- Laura Thomas, Renewed Hope Housing Advocates
- Lilli Lew-Hailer, MidPen Housing
- Sam Tepperman-Gelfant, Public Advocates
- Evvy Stivers, Urban Habitat
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