Together, we’ve built a movement of 80,000+ people who share the simple belief that to combat homelessness, make our neighborhoods affordable, and create a California for everyone, we have to build more housing.
We’ve helped pass bills which will enable at least 1.5 million more homes* to be built in California. We’ve worked to protect marginalized communities and rectify decades of racist housing discrimination. We’ve re-shaped the conversation around California’s housing crisis — and built a big tent coalition of supporters — putting us in a strong position to deliver housing wins in 2021 and beyond.
The report below is a celebration of everything we’ve been able to accomplish together as YIMBYs over the past 3 years. We’ve got big plans, and California’s housing crisis can’t wait.
Since 2017, we helped pass 8 bills:
- SB 167 (Sen. Skinner, 2017) – Requires local governments to approve zoning compliant housing
- AB 2923 (Asm. Chiu, 2018) – Allows BART to build 20,000 homes on parking lots it owns
- AB 68 (Asm. Ting, 2019) – Legalizes 3-unit homes everywhere in California by permitting 1 backyard cottage and 1 interior accessory dwelling unit for each single family home
- AB 881 (Asm. Bloom, 2019) – Removes owner-occupancy requirement for ADUs
- SB 330 (Sen. Skinner, 2019) – Accelerates housing construction and limits fees
- AB 725 (Asm. Wicks, 2020) – Increases 4-plex zoning
- AB 1851 (Asm. Wicks, 2020) – Reduces parking requirements for houses of worship
- AB 3182 (Asm. Ting, 2020) – Ends HOA bans on renters
We campaign for vibrant, inclusive, and just communities:
- Prop 1 (2018) – Raised $4 billion for affordable homes for veterans, seniors, and families.
- Prop 2 (2018) – Raised $2 billion for permanent, supportive housing for the mentally ill and homeless.
- AB 686 (2018, Asm. Santiago) – Codifies Obama’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule before Trump repealed them.
- SB 946 (2018, Sen. Lara) – Decriminalizes street vending, encouraging entrepreneurship and access to goods.
- AB 1482 (2019, Asm. Chiu) – Limits rent increases and protects renters from unfair evictions.
- Prop 15 (2020) – The “Schools and Communities First” initiative reclaims $12 billion dollars each year for education and essential services by requiring large commercial property owners to pay their fair share of taxes. California YIMBY is a member of the Executive Committee.
- Prop 16 (2020) – Ends California’s ban on affirmative action, which will make race-conscious housing justice remedies more feasible.
*According to a UCLA study, recent ADU laws will permit the construction of 1.5M new ADUs, given current costs and rent.