Preserving Affordable Housing and Preventing Displacement in the Current Budget, March 25, 2011

Preserving Affordable Housing and Preventing Displacement in the Current Budget

In January of 2011, a small group of advocates, policy experts and decision-makers came together during Urban Habitat’s third annual “State of the Region” event to identify how to equitably implement transit-oriented development (TOD) projects throughout the Bay Area without displacing low-income communities of color. The preservation and continued building of affordable housing near existing or planned transit was identified as a critical step in preventing displacement. However, with much of the funding and many of the tools Bay Area cities rely on to incentivize the construction and preservation of affordable housing near transit in jeopardy, our regional anti-displacement work and affordable housing goals will become even harder to achieve.  

During this event, Mark Evanoff, Redevelopment Manager for Union City; Brian Cheu, Director of Community Development for San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee; Michelle Byrd, Deputy Director of Housing and Community Development for the City of Oakland; and Evelyn Stivers, Field Director for the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California discussed the potential impact local, state, and federal budget deficits could have on affordable housing and TOD and the policy options and strategies advocates could utilize to ensure the funding and tools used to incentivize the construction and preservation of affordable housing are preserved.

Read the speaker's bio and hear the podcast of their presentation:

*Mark Evanoff, Redevelopment Manager for Union City
*Brian Cheu, Director of Community Development for San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee
*Michelle Byrd, Deputy Director of Housing and Community Development for the City of Oakland
*Evelyn Stivers, Field Director for the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California