Housing at Risk
The shortage of 1.5 million affordable homes in California cannot be reversed by new construction alone; we must ensure existing affordable homes remain affordable to those who need them most. The California Housing Partnership estimates that 57,000 of the existing federally subsidized affordable apartments in California are at risk of conversion to market rate in the next five years. CHPC works in several ways to make sure these homes remain affordable to low-income Californians. The California Housing Partnership works at a state and federal level to provide information on the status of existing affordable housing, and to work collaboratively with local partners to ensure that housing remains affordable to low-income residents. We provide technical assistance to our partners through the following services:
CHPC’s mapping tool is an interactive and easy-to-use resource that allows users to map California’s affordable subsidized housing. Bringing together property-level information with useful data on poverty, renter cost burdens, and distance to mass transit, the tool is practical resource for local governments, housing authorities, and interested nonprofit and community organizations committed to tracking and preserving affordable housing in their region.
CHPC’s Preservation Database is the state’s most comprehensive source of information on subsidized affordable housing at risk of losing its affordable status and converting to market-rate housing. CHPC maintains the only comprehensive database of all HUD subsidized properties, USDA Section 515 rural properties, and properties financed with Low Income Housing Tax Credits in California. CHPC uses the database to identify affordable properties that are at risk and should be targeted for preservation.
CHPC works to uncover regional trends and to engage with local governments, nonprofit developers, tenant advocates and other partners to develop local preservation strategies.