Housing Leadership Council's mission is to accelerate the production of new homes in San Mateo County at all affordability levels to create opportunities and a viable quality of life.
Housing Leadership Day 2013 Thank You
Thank You to Everyone Who Joined Us for Housing Leadership Day 2013!
On November 1, 2013, we held our 12th annual Housing Leadership Day conference at our new home, the College of San Mateo. We were pleased to be able to include students in our important work. Thank you to the College of San Mateo for your partnership!
This year's theme was "Realizing a Regional Plan for Growth." Throughout the day, conference attendees participated in plenary and workshop sessions regarding current housing trends, challenges, and solutions. During lunch, Paul Saffo joined us as our keynote speaker and we ended the day with a networking reception overlooking San Mateo County. Thank you to all who joined us and especially our sponsors, planning committee, and volunteers who made the conference happen. You can view the presentations we were able to collect here. Also, "like" us on Facebook and see pictures from the day!
Affordable Housing Week 2013 Video
Affordable Housing Provides Opportunity and Piece of Mind:
At the recent Housing Endowment and Regional Trust (HEART) of San Mateo County Executive Briefing this video was shown to illustrate the power that affordable housing has to change lives.
Affordable Housing Week 2013 Thank You
Thank You to Everyone Who Made Affordable Housing Week 2013 a Success!
Housing touches so many parts of our community and our lives
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Homes and Jobs for Californians
Support the creation of more housing and job opportunities by telling your local lawmakers to support SB 391 - The California Homes and Jobs Act. It is expected to generate $500 million per year for affordable housing.
Making lemonade out of lemons. Last year was a dark day for affordable housing with the loss of local Redevelopment Agencies (RDA). Locally millions of dollars were lost that would have gone towards the creation of more desperately needed affordable housing here in San Mateo County. Some of that money is coming back to local coffers and we want to keep it for housing. Tell local officials to keep local housing money for housing.
Executive Director's Corner
Land, Money, and Political Will
February 20, 2013
There has been and continues to be a growing market for the type of multi-family affordable apartments delivered by our nonprofit housing development sector. Such housing provides strict rules for use, sensible amenities and safety for families with children. If you get a chance to take a tour of such development, please take advantage of the offer! Join us in working to meet the needs of our affordable housing customers, who bring so much to our town and city economies.
The rising cost of land here continues to make it difficult to deliver affordable housing. The customers are families whose incomes are not increasing at the rate of rents and who have incomes that allow payments for housing costs only if rents are substantially below those offered in the market. These families are being driven out of San Mateo County, one family at a time. This trend of “income-related squeeze-out” has been uninterrupted for thirty years. These families have members who hold jobs we need filled for business success here in our county. Also, their incomes are not sufficient to allow for commuting as a “lifestyle choice”. While we often highlight our teachers, hospital workers and local small business staff as necessary to every-day community quality of life, there are others we also need here every day. Jobs we offer here in restaurants, on town and city staffs, for our homes’ gardeners and other small business service providers, put workers in a bind because of the cost of housing. These working families double-up putting more people in homes and apartments, creating sub-standard living conditions, in order to keep housing costs achievable.
To build affordable housing here in San Mateo County, there is a formula that says we need “land, money, and political will”. The last ten years have been a roller coaster ride in relationship to land values. While our prices rose between 2004 and 2007 before they crashed in 2008, San Mateo County, like much of the Bay Area, did better at holding land value and regaining it. Today, the problem faced by would-be renters and buyers here is scarcity of available opportunity and rising prices. Of course, if you already own a property, this is good news. If, however, your housing costs have felt the impact of a rise in rents of 17% in the last year, you may not be such a fan of our “recovery.”