California is in the midst of a housing crisis decades in the making. The housing crisis has made the state increasingly unaffordable and led to skyrocketing rates of homelessness, despite incredible wealth and job creation. Housing is also critical to meeting our state’s climate goals. A shortage of housing has led to sprawl that has increased miles driven. But we are in this crisis because housing is a difficult, complex issue with many stakeholders.
The purpose of this webinar is to give climate advocates in 350 local groups an overview of the issues around housing, affordability, sustainability and equity. We are not trying to reach any conclusions or even agreement with this webinar, but hope we can all gain a better fundamental understanding of housing issues, different vantage points, and key issues being looked at by the legislature.
Organizers: Kathy Dervin (350 Bay Area Action) and Michael Rochmes (SoCal 350 Climate Action) for the 350 Cali Legislative Committee
Speakers: Anya Lawler, Policy Advocate, Public Interest Advocates, and Jeffrey Levin, Policy Director, East Bay Housing Organizations