For the last century, local housing regulations have cemented racist and exclusionary zoning across the country. Single-family zoning worsens affordability by constricting housing supply, contributes to skyrocketing rents and home prices, and cements de facto segregation by preventing lower-income households from joining (and benefiting from) high-opportunity neighborhoods.
Single-family homes and the exclusionary policies protecting them have been untouchable for decades, but local governments across the country are beginning to change their tune. Cities like Minneapolis, Portland, Sacramento, San Diego, Berkeley, and Oakland are among the growing number of local municipalities aiming to loosen and eliminate single-family-zoning restrictions. This year, California legislators have introduced their Senate Leadership Package, a historic effort to holistically tackle our housing crisis—in part by addressing single-family zoning statewide.
On Thursday, April 29th, from 12pm – 1pm, we will be discussing the history of single-family zoning, how it has entrenched inequity in our housing systems, and what policies we can implement to redress exclusionary development. We’ll be exploring: why has the tide changed around single-family zoning? What would the end of single-family zoning do to help fix our housing crisis?
The conversation will be moderated by Catherine Bracy, CEO and Co-Founder of TechEquity Collaborative. Panelists TBA.
This webinar is hosted on Zoom; register for free to get access to the webinar link. We can’t wait to see you there!