Lawmakers want to expand affordable housing. Communities say, ‘Not in my back yard’
Lawmakers are scrambling to pass affordable housing legislation after Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) threw a wrench into yet another social spending package last week. Manchin also rejected the Biden administration’s Build Back Better Act last year, which would have allotted more than $150 billion for housing geared toward the middle class and lower-income Americans.
The Hill • July 22, 2022
San Jose affordable housing policy delayed
Affordable housing is a rare find in Silicon Valley, but one policy could make it more attainable—if it ever makes it back to the City Council. The Community Opportunity to Purchase Act, or COPA, is a policy that would give qualified nonprofits first rights to make an offer on a residential property and keep more affordable housing in the community. The council was set to consider a vote on a local ordinance in March, but it was postponed to October and now set to come back in early 2023.
San Jose Spotlight • July 22, 2022
Affordable housing: Top democrats see ‘emergency’ but differ on how to build faster
Vicky Cayetano and Lt. Gov. Josh Green are both prepared to engage the emergency powers of state government to finally break though the barriers to rapidly developing affordable housing in Hawaii, but both candidates are vague on exactly which regulatory steps need to be suspended or scrapped.
Honolulu Civil Beat • July 25, 2022