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How will California fund affordable housing as federal support declines?

David Baker Architects
Rendering of 1950 Mission Street, an affordable housing development proposed by Mission Housing Development Corporation and BRIDGE Housing


On this edition of Your Call, we're talking about building affordable housing. Families cramming into RVs to survive illustrate how bad the need is inCalifornia. There’s demand for an estimated 1.5 million units, but the new federal tax plan is expected to reduce California’s housing budget by 20 percent. How will California build these units?

Federal budgets have neglected low-income renters for years, and new proposals call for sharp cuts to key housing programs. How will they tackle our housing crisis with shrinking support from the federal government?




Amie Fishman, executive director of the Non Profit Housing Association of Northern California, representing more than 750 affordable housing developers, advocates, and community leaders

Sam Moss, executive director of the Mission Housing Development Corporation, one of the largest nonprofit housing organizations in San Francisco, serving 3,000 residents

Web Resources:

OC Register: California will soon see impact of GOP tax plan with loss of affordable housing

LA Times: State lawmakers want to restore an urban renewal and affordable housing program. But it's complicated

SJ Mercury News: Housing shortage: New report shows how California cities and counties stack up

Novogradac & Company: Final Tax Reform Bill Would Reduce Affordable Rental Housing Production by Nearly 235,000 Homes

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: Trump Budget Would Increase Homelessness and Hardship in Every State, End Federal Role in Community Development


Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.