Join SV@Home on Friday, July 22nd at noon for our July 2022 Policy in Action @ Home event to explore the important role housing advocates play once cities have released their Draft Housing Elements for public comment. Our program will cover how advocates can be effective in providing input after housing elements have been submitted to the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) for an initial review. We will conclude with a discussion about the long-term process of staying engaged in leveraging and monitoring the Housing Elements once they have been adopted. 

To date the cities of Sunnyvale and Mountain View have submitted their drafts to HCD, and Morgan Hill, Campbell, Los Altos, Santa Clara, and Saratoga have all released their Draft Housing Elements for a 30-day public review comment period. San Jose is expected to release their draft next week. Public comments directed to local jurisdictions and HCD continue to be important are still valuable. 

As we move into these new phases of review and public comment, what can we do as housing advocates? Many believe cities have outstanding issues that have not been addressed during the local engagement and public comment period. So far, we have been advised to share everything with HCD and send our comments to an assigned HCD reviewer, but what else is possible to further leverage our input, and how do we stay engaged over the long term?

This is part of SV@Home’s monthly Policy In Action series, a rebranding of our long-running “HAC” series. We hope you like the new name as much as we do!

Policy in Action @Home (formerly HAC), is a monthly, informal brownbag discussion convening Housers to engage on hot housing topics. Every month, we select a topic or current event, bring in an expert to give a brief presentation, and then open up the discussion to ask questions, float new ideas, and identify potential areas for shared action.

SV@Home strives to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. To request an accommodation or for inquiries about accessibility, please email Kenneth Rosales at

This event is open to SV@Home members and the general public. Interested in supporting ongoing SV@Home programming, advocacy, and policy work? Become a member and/or renew your membership today here.

July 22nd
12:00PM - 1:00PM