Producing Housing in the Gateway Cities

Affordable Housing Development Webinar

 

Watch "What You Need to Know: Affordable Housing 101"

Listen to the Webinar feauturing a panel of housing experts from the Urban Land Institute - LA.

Webinar Highlights

  • Learn What Affordable Housing Is
  • Tips for Housing Financing
  • Tips for Working with Developers

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Reducing Barriers to Development


 

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HCD's Building Blocks for Housing Elements

See this helpful guidance from HCD, on the following topics relating to reducing barriers to development.

Topics covered include:

  • Codes and Enforcement of Onsite/Offsite Improvement Standards
  • Fees and Exactions
  • Processing and Permitting Procedures
  • Non Governmental Constraints
  • Address or Remove or Mitigate Constraints

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Encouraging Accessory Dwelling Units


Changes in state law in recent years have increased the potential for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) to support increased housing supply.  New laws have addressed barriers to their implementation at scale, for example: setting development criteria for ADUs, streamlined processing, and limiting impact fees. Implementation of state law requires updating local ordinances, estimating ADU capacity when used to address regional housing need allocations (RHNA) in housing element updates, and a housing element program to incentivize and promote ADUs that can be offered at affordable rents. 
 

ADU Resources

ADU Handbook, California HCD [Report] 

ADU Potential in the SCAG Region, SCAG

ADU Planning and Development, SCAG

 


Inclusionary Housing


Over 170 local jurisdictions throughout the state of California, including some in the Gateway Cities subregion, have adopted inclusionary housing policies and ordinances.  As described by the Institute for Local Self Government, "Inclusionary housing ordinances take many forms, but the basic concept is to require that a certain percentage of new development be set aside for occupancy by families of very low-, low- and moderate-income. Nearly all inclusionary housing programs apply to residential development and involve developers including a percentage of affordable housing units in their overall proposal. Some inclusionary housing ordinances also apply to non-residential development on the theory that non-residential development generates additional demand for affordable housing stock."

Inclusionary Housing Resources

ILG Best Practices for Inclusionary Housing [Report] 

ILG California Inclusionary Housing Reader [Report] 

Long Beach Inclusionary Housing Ordinance

Los Angeles County Inclusionary Housing Ordinance

USC Sol Price Graduate Student Inclusonary Housing Case Study 

 


Funding for Production


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Housing Trust Fund (HTF)

HTFs can take many forms, such as a subregional or multi-city agency, a local housing department, or a private nonprofit organization. HTFs hold dedicated funds in trust for affordable housing. HTFs  receive ongoing revenues, usually from dedicated sources, their funds are designated to support affordable housing rather than other community needs, and they include sources of funding in addition to those that are otherwise restricted or available to support housing.

More HTF Resources

Establishing a Housing Trust Fund, ILG

San Gabriel Valley Housing Trust Fund [Case Study]

Orange County Housing Finance Trust [Case Study]

 


Grants for Housing Production