Aug 27, 2021
Welcome to the August 25, 2021 Main edition of The HomeWork, the official newsletter of California YIMBY — legislative updates, news clips, housing research and analysis, and the latest writings from the California YIMBY team.
President Biden’s Treasury Department Says: YIMBY
A recent article by Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Wally Adeyemo underscores a range of issues that are informing the Biden Administration’s housing policy efforts — and makes clear that, when it comes to housing, the Biden administration is YIMBY.
Affordable housing is central to providing economic opportunity, and the lack of it is doing serious damage to the country’s poor and working class households.
The supply of homes matters. Constraints on housing construction have severe impacts on affordability.
The Biden Administration is putting forward a comprehensive agenda to build more housing — including 2 million affordable homes.
Solving the “Missing Middle” with Gentle Density: It’s Gentle
Senate Bill 9 has received a fair bit of fanfare for its relatively minor proposition: allowing lot splits and duplexes to be permitted on properties currently zoned for only one home, for a total of up to four homes. UC Berkeley’s Terner Center for Housing Innovation has a new report coauthored by its new Managing Director Ben Metcalf (notably the former head of California HCD) analyzing its potential to marginally increase housing supply in California.
- Most parcels that would be allowed under SB9 would already be financially feasible to develop today by adding an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU). SB9 would enable more incrementally more homes with these parcels.
- That incremental impact would still be huge. SB9 would enable market feasibility for around 700,000 new homes and expand the number of parcels that could see feasible development, increasing development potential in California by 40%.
- Widespread demolition is unlikely. The most likely scenario is dividing single-family parcels into duplexes.
- Denser cities could be a climate boon — but nimbyism stands in the way
- How the US made affordable homes illegal
- SB 9 & SB 10: Editorial: To save California, sacrifice single-family zoning
- SB 9 & SB 10: Housing bills would help address California’s wealth inequality
- SB 9: California’s housing crisis: How much difference will a zoning bill make?
- SB 9 & 10: Senate Bills 9 and 10 Preserve, Protect, and Provide Housing for Orange County’s Future
- Will Legislature confront California housing crisis?
- ‘Where else will I go?’: California’s ‘climate migrants’ search for home
- Is Emeryville the Bay Area’s best hope for a Black resurgence?
- Editorial: The Bay Area is going to be ‘sucking smoke’ for a long time. And we have ourselves partly to blame
Earlier this month, California YIMBY released our new video explainer: “What is ‘affordable housing?”
The video helps to de-mystify a complex topic: How to build housing that is affordable to people of all incomes.
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