Snohomish County to consider sales tax boost to fund affordable housing

Snohomish County leaders will soon consider a sales tax boost to build new affordable housing as the county grapples with homelessness and rising costs of living. County Executive Dave Somers and two County Council members on Wednesday proposed raising the county’s sales tax by 0.1% to fund housing for people who are homeless and for people with low incomes.

The Seattle Times • December 1, 2021

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Housing in brief: A $64 million vote for social housing passes in San Francisco

A measure to set aside $64 million for social housing was approved by the city’s Board of Supervisors by an 8-3 vote on Tuesday, according to 48 Hills. The measure allocates the money to a city program called the “Small Sites Housing Acquisition Program,” which purchases housing whose tenants are at risk of eviction and keeps the building permanently affordable.

Next City • December 2, 2021

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Los Angeles city council passes planning reforms, addresses affordable housing shortage

The Los Angeles City Council approved revisions to City Planning’s Housing Element that will establish one of the most ambitious rezoning programs in the nation and address the systemic inequity in planning and land use policies that has contributed to the city’s current housing crisis. The proposed changes will set new citywide strategies in motion to achieve a more equitable distribution of affordable housing across Los Angeles. The ambitious rezoning program would rezone parts of the city, in order to allow for over 250,000 new housing units within three years of the plan’s adoption. This plan puts Los Angeles on track to meet the state’s request for nearly 500,000 new units by 2029.

The Ritz Herald • December 3, 2021

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