Since its inception, SV@Home has championed state legislation authored by Bay Area caucus members that seek to improve and expand the availability of affordable housing. SV@Home’s legislative advocacy agenda ranges from participating in lobbying days of action with partners, convening roundtable discussions with local and state elected and civic leaders as well as engaging in regional pro-housing coalitions.
In 2018, SV@Home took its legislative advocacy further by serving as one of three Co-Chairs of the Committee to House the Bay Area which resulted in the CASA Compact. Sponsored by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), the CASA Compact is a policy package that aims to confront the region’s housing crisis head-on. It includes a series of policy proposals that seek to Protect renters from unjust evictions and displacement, Preserve existing affordable housing units, and Produce more housing at all income levels.
The CASA Compact specifically calls for:
– Production of 14,000 units for low-income households, and an additional 7,000 units for moderate-income households
– Preservation of 30,000 affordable units over the next five years
– Protection of 300,000 low-income households from displacement
In the 2018-2019 legislative cycle, SV@Home submitted letters of support on 26 housing-related legislative bills, and participated in a number of lobbying days of action in conjunction with partners such as Nonprofit Housing Association of Northern California, CA YIMBY, and Enterprise Community Partners.
SV@Home has also convened roundtable discussions with local and state elected and civic leaders as well as private and nonprofit developers. This includes roundtable discussions with:
– Senator Bob Wieckowski and local Silicon Valley councilmembers focused on Senate Bill 13 relating to Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)
– Mark Stivers, Acting Deputy Director with the CA Department of Housing and Community Development, and property developers focused on changes within the Department
In addition to State policy issues, SV@Home is concerned about and is tracking federal policy conversations related to the federal budget and its impact on local funding and the Santa Clara County Housing Authority, as well as tax reform and its potential impact on the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC).