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GIVE FEEDBACK ON PRIORITIZING AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR THOSE WITH TIES TO BERKELEY
Policy aims to prevent displacement and help those who have been displaced return

Berkeley, California (Thursday, November 12, 2020) - Help us craft an inclusive affordable housing policy that reflects our community's values by completing a brief online survey and sharing it with others by January 15.

The "housing preference policy" - intended to prevent displacement - would establish a set of criteria that gives those with pre-existing ties to Berkeley priority when applying for new affordable housing units.

Depending on the criteria selected, the policy might prioritize current residents struggling to stay here, former residents who have been displaced, or members of communities who have been subject to historic housing discrimination or government-led displacement - such as African Americans, who have been disproportionately impacted by such policies.

Give feedback by January 15

We're asking community members to help us develop a fair, inclusive policy that reflects Berkeley's values by completing a brief online survey and sharing it with others.

The survey asks you to identify the most important factors for prioritizing affordable housing placements from a set of possible preference criteria, such as those who:

  • currently live in the same neighborhood as the affordable unit
  • were displaced by government action (such as redevelopment)
  • have experienced a no-fault eviction due to owner move in or the Ellis Act
  • are currently unhoused in Berkeley and have ties to the community, such as a job, child attending school, or local support system
  • work in Berkeley

Because we want to make sure the voices of those most impacted are considered, the survey also asks for your ideas on how we can reach those who have been displaced from Berkeley, and recommendations for local organizations that should be consulted.

City uses many strategies to expand affordable housing in Berkeley

The housing preference policy would be used to prioritize placement in new affordable housing units created through City programs, such as our Housing Trust Fund - one of many tools the City's Housing and Community Services Division uses to increase the supply of affordable housing in Berkeley.

Developers of new market-rate apartments must either pay a per-unit mitigation fee into a Housing Trust Fund or reserve a percentage of units for very low-income households, with rents permanently set below market rates. Berkeley's inclusionary housing requirement for new condominium projects requires that 20% of the total units be reversed for purchase by moderate income households.

Additionally, the City supports affordable housing development by:

  • providing low-cost loans to affordable housing developers
  • connecting affordable housing developers to grant funding
  • creating new leases of City land
  • executive legal agreements and assisting with other essential steps

To learn more about affordable housing resources in Berkeley, visit cityofberkeley.info/affordable.

Please take five minutes to complete the survey by January 15, 2020, and share this important input opportunity with your networks.

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