Places to learn more about housing policy in California and current state legislation

State Government:

California Department of Housing and Community Development – Extensive library of regulations, demographic information, housing needs and projection numbers, NIMBY resources and much more

California Tax Credit Allocation Committee  – Administers the state and federal Low Income Housing Tax Credit programs

California Legislative Analyst’s Office – Publications: Several including analysis of housing budget

California Housing Finance Agency

California State Senate and State Assembly or – Access or Download any bill or legislation

Think Tanks and Research Organizations:

California Budget Project – Publications: Locked Out 2004: California’s Affordable Housing Crisis; State Budget Analysis

Public Policy Institute of California – Publications: Several relevant on housing element, redevelopment, land use

The California Housing Law Project – Publications: Information on Housing Budget and Housing Legislation

Regional Housing Associations and Housing Advocacy:

National Housing Conference – CHC’s national affiliate. NHC hosts “Paycheck to Paycheck” an online, interactive database which presents wage information for more than 60 occupations and home prices and rents for nearly 200 metropolitan areas. Visit NHC’s Open House blog to participate in a national conversation about how to best meet the need for decent, affordable housing – An online guide to state and local housing policy developed and maintained by the Center for Housing Policy, the research affiliate of the NHC.

California Coalition for Rural Housing

Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California (NPH) – Publications: Inclusionary Housing in California: 30 Years of Innovation

San Diego Housing Federation

Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing

Housing Allies:

California Association of Realtors

California Building Industry Association

California Redevelopment Association

League of California Cities

Resources for Developers:

Greenbelt Alliance, Compact Development Team, Developer Information Center - Information for Bay Area Developers on project endorsement from the Greenbelt Alliance

California Inclusionary Housing Policy Database – Searchable database of city and county policies across California from the California Coalition for Rural Housing

Novogradac & Company Affordable Housing Resource Center - Valuable source of information on a variety of state and federal affordable housing topics

Green Building and Smart Growth:

Residential Green Building Programs Matrix from Heschong Mahone Group, Inc.  Includes a summary comparison of the major residential green building programs including links to more information on each of the programs.  This is a good starting point for research into green building incentive and rating programs.  In California these major programs include:

Utility Energy Efficiency Programs (Flex Your Power and Heschong Mahone Group, Inc. websites)

Energy Star

Go Solar California

GreenPoint Rated

LEED for Homes

Green Communities


Green Affordable Housing Coalition a collaboration between Bay Area LISC and Build It Green

Greening Affordable Housing Initiative at program of Global Green USA