Building Sustainable Communities: A Council Member’s Guide to Affordable Housing

Catalyzing Change: From Vision to Action

Friday, April 26, 2024
10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Covering crucial topics such as housing element implementation, density bonus programs, recent state laws, and the role of regional finance authorities, participants will gain insights into practical strategies for advancing housing affordability, sustainability, and equitable distribution. 

  • Cassie Gilson, Axiom Advisors
  • Kate Hartley, Bay Area Housing Finance Authority
  • Riaz Taplin, Riaz Capital
  • Josh Abrams, Planning Collaborative
  • Moderator: Anu Natarajan
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Learning Outcomes:

  • Evaluate the opportunities from the new state laws related to housing governance, ensuring compliance and informed decision-making.
  • Assess the role and potential benefits of regional finance authorities in facilitating housing initiatives and addressing funding challenges.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of density bonus programs in promoting affordable housing and community development.
  • Identify practical approaches to implement housing elements, emphasizing affordability and sustainability goals.

Virtual Session

Inspiring Change: Case Studies and Success Stories

Friday, May 24, 2024
Time TBD

Organized Field Trip
Explore the Bay Area’s most innovative real-world success stories and the impactful lessons learned from implemented policies, uncovering opportunities for replication in your own community.

In partnership with the Housing Leadership Council/Affordable Housing Month

Doing the Math: Overview of Funding Models

Friday, June 21, 2024
10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Delve into the financial landscape of affordable housing, from understanding diverse funding sources and mechanisms to exploring public-private partnerships and innovative financing models. Through real-world examples and expert guidance, learn how to navigate funding challenges, leverage partnerships, and evaluate the feasibility of financing options to drive successful housing initiatives within their communities.

  • Ray Branson, Destination: Home
  • Asha Rao, LISC Bay Area
  • Randy Tsuda, Alta Housing
  • Moderator: Anu Natarajan
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Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify and assess various funding sources and mechanisms for housing projects.
  • Understand the dynamics of public-private partnerships in affordable housing development.
  • Explore innovative financing models for housing initiatives.
  • Review a proforma to understand the impact of policy decisions.

Virtual Session

Amplifying Voices: Compelling Messaging and Storytelling

Friday, September 20, 2024
10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Delve into the art of crafting persuasive narratives and messages to convey the significance of housing initiatives. Discover effective strategies for partnering with stakeholders across the housing ecosystem and learn how to empower community members to advocate for housing issues. Join us to enhance your communication toolkit and drive meaningful change in your community’s housing landscape.

  • Tony Winnicker, TW Communications and Strategy
  • Wilhelmenia Wilson, Healthy Black Families
  • Alina Harway, Shift the Narrative
  • Edie Irons, All Home
  • Moderator: Anu Natarajan
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Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the principles of impactful messaging and storytelling.
  • Develop strategies for collaborating with partners beyond the housing ecosystem.
  • Empower community members to become advocates for housing issues by providing tools, resources, and platforms for meaningful engagement.

Virtual Session

Seizing New Opportunities: Housing the Middle

Friday, October 18, 2024
10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Explore creative approaches to address the middle-income housing crisis. From leveraging Gentle Density and Infill Housing to embracing Manufactured Housing solutions, participants will gain practical insights to drive positive change. Join us to discover new opportunities and strategies for creating vibrant, inclusive communities through innovative housing initiatives.

  • Karen Parolek, Opticos Design
  • Wayne Chen, Housing Director
  • Issi Romem, MetroSight
  • Kevin Brown, Factory_OS
  • Moderator: Anu Natarajan
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Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify strategies for addressing middle-income housing needs.
  • Understand gentle density and infill housing concepts for efficient land use.
  • Evaluate the viability of manufactured housing in expanding affordable options.
  • Explore ideas to capitalize on emerging housing opportunities within communities.

Virtual Session

Understanding Tradeoffs: Urban Plan

Friday, November 15, 2024
10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Dive into the complexities of urban planning in this in-person event, where participants engage in role-playing to explore the intricate tradeoffs in the entitlement process and the dynamic interplay between community benefits and financial modeling.

In-Person Session
Further details to be provided separately.