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Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) Program Brief

The Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) program brief – coauthored by the California Housing Partnership Corporation, Enterprise Community Partners and TransForm – examines the climate and community benefits of AHSC developments, which are funded by California’s Cap-and-Trade program.


San Bernardino County Housing Need 2017

This report demonstrates the shortfall of affordable homes in San Bernardino County and the severe impact on low-income renters. The report offers a roadmap for California’s legislators and local leaders to take immediate action.


Orange County Housing Need 2017

This report demonstrates the shortfall of affordable homes in Orange County and the severe impact on low-income renters. The report offers a roadmap for California’s legislators and local leaders to take immediate action.


Riverside County Housing Need 2017

This report demonstrates the shortfall of affordable homes in Riverside County and the severe impact on low-income renters. The report offers a roadmap for California’s legislators and local leaders to take immediate action.


San Diego County Housing Need 2017

This report demonstrates the shortfall of affordable homes in San Diego County and the severe impact on low-income renters. The report offers a roadmap for California’s legislators and local leaders to take immediate action.


Los Angeles County Housing Need 2017

This report demonstrates the shortfall of affordable homes in Los Angeles County and the severe impact on low-income renters. The report offers a roadmap for California’s legislators and local leaders to take immediate action.


Sacramento County Housing Need 2017

This report demonstrates the shortfall of affordable homes in Sacramento County and the severe impact on low-income renters. The report offers a roadmap for California’s legislators and local leaders to take immediate action.


Fresno County Housing Need 2017

This report demonstrates the shortfall of affordable homes in Fresno County and the severe impact on low-income renters. The report offers a roadmap for California’s legislators and local leaders to take immediate action.


Executive Summary: Los Angeles County Annual Affordable Housing Outcomes Report

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:  This report is designed to help guide Los Angeles County’s allocation of resources across both new and previously existing affordable housing programs.


Los Angeles County Annual Affordable Housing Outcomes Report

This report is designed to help guide Los Angeles County’s allocation of resources across both new and previously existing affordable housing programs. 


San Mateo County Housing Need 2017

This report shows how high housing costs are contributing to rising poverty rates in San Mateo County. The report offers a roadmap for California’s legislators and local leaders to take immediate action.


Contra Costa County Housing Need 2017

This report shows how high housing costs are contributing to rising poverty rates in Contra Costa County. The report offers a roadmap for California’s legislators and local leaders to take immediate action.


Sonoma County Housing Need 2017

This report shows how high housing costs are contributing to rising poverty rates in Sonoma County. The report offers a roadmap for California’s legislators and local leaders to take immediate action.


Alameda County Housing Need 2017

This report shows how high housing costs are contributing to rising poverty rates in Alameda County. The report offers a roadmap for California’s legislators and local leaders to take immediate action.


AB 1521 Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet on AB 1521, which strengthens the state’s existing Affordable Housing Preservation Law by requiring that rental housing with expiring federal and/or state subsidies and/or affordability protections be offered for sale first to qualified preservation purchasers at market value.


Financing Energy Savings Through On-Bill Repayment

In 2016, the California Housing Partnership partnered with Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future and Community Corp of Santa Monica to test On-Bill Repayment (OBR) financing for energy and water efficiency improvements in five properties in Santa Monica. This case study describes the challenges and lessons learned during that test.


2017 Statewide At-Risk Assessment

CHPC’s annual statewide risk assessment shows 31,988 affordable homes are at risk of conversion to market rate within the next five years. 


HUD Rental Assistance Opt Outs and Terminations 1995 – 2016

This resource details the affordable properties and units in California that have been lost due to owners’ decisions to not renew an expiring HUD rental assistance contract (Section 8) from 1995-2006. 


Affordable Homes At-Risk by County

This resource outlines the properties and units at risk of conversion to market rate housing by county as of March 2017. The California Housing Partnership determines the level of risk based on a variety of factors, including who owns the property, how it was financed, etc. 


Newsletter: New Study Finds Los Angeles County Needs 551,807 Affordable Homes

February 24, 2017 newsletter announcing the initial results of CHPC’s Affordable Housing Outcomes Report for the County of Los Angeles. 


San Francisco Begins Second Phase of RAD Public Housing Initiative

Friday, October 14, 2016 marked a major milestone in San Francisco’s ambitious plan to revitalize its public housing properties through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program. Financing closed on the last of the 14 properties in the second phase of SF RAD on Read More


Location Matters: Affordable Housing and VMT Reduction in San Diego County

Conducted by the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) and co-authored by the California Housing Partnership Corporation, the report prepared for the San Diego Housing Federation (SDHF) is based on a statewide study released in 2015 that finds location-efficient affordable housing is an effective climate strategy.


CHPC Comments: Small Area Fair Market Rents

CHPC weighs in on HUD’s new methods of determining fair market rents for voucher holders, noting the unique challenges of California’s housing markets and providing recommendations to make the fair market rents more accurate.


$1 Billion Plan to Provide Integrated Solar Energy to Low-Income Renters is First in Nation

San Francisco, CA ‒ On August 3rd, California’s leading low-income, environmental, and affordable housing groups submitted a proposed plan to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to spend up to $1 billion in Cap-and-Trade funding for solar energy systems to benefit low-income renters. This is the first such plan in the nation and Read More


Nonprofit Solar Stakeholders Coalition AB 693 Implementation Proposal

The Nonprofit Solar Stakeholders Coalition submitted a joint proposal to the California Public Utilities Commission for implementing last year’s Assembly Bill 693, which authorized the use of utility Cap-and-Trade auction revenue to fund solar energy systems on affordable multifamily rental properties in California. The Coalition includes the California Housing Partnership, California Environmental Read More


Shelter from the Storm: Assessing the Economic Impacts of the Affordable Housing Bond Act of 2016 (SB 879 Beall)

In collaboration with the California Housing Partnership, the research department of the Northern California Carpenters Regional Council (NCCRC) analyzed the economic impacts of the Affordable Housing Bond Act of 2016 (SB 879 Beall). 


Closing the California Clean Energy Divide: Reducing Electric Bills in Affordable Multifamily Rental Housing with Solar+Storage

This economic analysis indicates that pairing solar PV with battery storage systems can deliver significant electricity bill savings for California affordable housing residents and property owners. Battery storage is emerging as an effective new strategy for reducing electricity costs for affordable multifamily rental housing in California. Battery storage systems not Read More


Confronting California’s Rent and Poverty Crisis: A Call for State Reinvestment in Affordable Homes

Too many California families are falling into poverty because of high housing costs. The California Housing Partnership calls on state leaders to take direct, immediate action to reinvest in affordable homes in California. 


Alameda County Housing Need 2016

This report shows how high housing costs are contributing to rising poverty rates in Alameda County. The report offers a roadmap for California’s legislators and local leaders to take immediate action.


Fresno County Housing Need 2016

This report shows how high housing costs are disproportionately burdening low-income families in Fresno County. The report offers a roadmap for California’s legislators and local leaders to take immediate action.


Los Angeles County Housing Need 2016

This report shows how high housing costs are contributing to rising poverty rates in Los Angeles County. The report offers a roadmap for California’s legislators and local leaders to take immediate action.


Orange County Housing Need 2016

This report shows how high housing costs are contributing to rising poverty rates in Orange County. The report offers a roadmap for California’s legislators and local leaders to take immediate action.


Sacramento County Housing Need 2016

This report shows how high housing costs are disproportionately burdening low-income families in Sacramento County. The report offers a roadmap for California’s legislators and local leaders to take immediate action.


San Diego County Housing Need 2016

This report shows how high housing costs are contributing to rising poverty rates in San Diego County. The report offers a roadmap for California’s legislators and local leaders to take immediate action.


San Joaquin County Housing Need 2016

This report shows how high housing costs are disproportionately burdening low-income families in San Joaquin County. The report offers a roadmap for California’s legislators and local leaders to take immediate action.


San Mateo County Housing Need 2016

This report shows how high housing costs are contributing to rising poverty rates in San Mateo County. The report offers a roadmap for California’s legislators and local leaders to take immediate action.


Ventura County Housing Need 2016

This report shows how high housing costs are contributing to rising poverty rates in Ventura County. The report offers a roadmap for California’s legislators and local leaders to take immediate action.


An Affordable Housing Owner’s Guide to Utility Allowances

Produced in partnership with the National Housing Law Project, this guide provides owners of affordable rental housing a roadmap for navigating the challenges of utility allowance adjustments. It provides an overview of federal program requirements as well as tips for considering utility allowance adjustments as part of an energy efficiency financing strategy. 


35,785 Affordable Homes in California At-Risk of Conversion

Each year the California Housing Partnership uses data from our Affordable Housing Preservation Clearinghouse to present an annual summary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) subsidized housing at risk of loss of affordability in California. The following summary is as of April 2016. 


Affordable Housing Outcomes Report Template

The California Housing Partnership developed this template in 2016 for the County of Los Angeles. Although this template was designed specifically for the County of Los Angeles, it can be used by other jurisdictions as a starting point for deciding how to allocate funding for affordable housing in their communities. 


Income, Location Efficiency, and VMT: Affordable Housing as a Climate Strategy

This paper combines detailed travel-survey, transit-service, and land-use data to estimate a model for predicting the role of income and location efficiency in reducing household vehicle-miles traveled (VMT). The research then applies this model to census data collected in the most transit-rich areas of California. The research finds strong justification Read More


Nonprofit Uses Financing Partnerships to Preserve At-Risk Property Despite Competition

Azusa Apartments is an 88-apartment affordable housing development located in Azusa, California, a Los-Angeles area suburb. The property was built in 1971, subsidized by a U.S. HUD Section 236 loan. After the loan reached the end of its 40-year term in 2012, Community HousingWorks stepped in to preserve the development … 


Lack of Affordable Housing Driving More Contra Costa County Families into Poverty

Key findingsA renter household needs to earn 3.5 times the local minimum wage in order to afford average asking rents in Contra Costa County. Inflation-adjusted median rents in Contra Costa County increased 17% from 2000 to 2013, while inflation adjusted median renter household income declined 7%. Contra Costa County needs 36.759 additional Read More


Energy Efficiency Program Matrix

Matrix of Utility Multifamily Energy Efficiency & Renewable Incentive Programs in California


Lack of Affordable Housing Driving More Stanislaus Families into Poverty

Key findings A renter household needs to earn nearly twice the state minimum wage in order to afford average asking rents in Stanislaus County. Inflation-adjusted median rents in Stanislaus County increased 15% from 2000 to 2014, while inflation adjusted median renter household income declined 12%. Stanislaus County needs 21,402 additional Read More


Lack of Affordable Housing Driving More Santa Clara County Families into Poverty

Key findings A renter household needs to earn nearly five times the local minimum wage in order to afford average asking rents in Santa Clara County. Inflation-adjusted median rents in Santa Clara County increased 10% from 2000 to 2014, while inflation adjusted median renter household income declined 4%. Santa Clara Read More


Lack of Affordable Housing Driving More San Diego County Families into Poverty

Key findings A renter household needs to earn more than three times the state minimum wage in order to afford average asking rents in San Diego County. Inflation-adjusted median rents in San Diego County increased 25% from 2000 to 2013, while inflation adjusted median renter household income declined 4%. San Diego County needs 142,564 Read More


Shortfall of Affordable Homes Increases Burden on Low-Income Families in San Bernardino County

The state created the California Housing Partnership 25 years ago as a private nonprofit organization with a public mission: to monitor, protect, and augment the supply of homes affordable to lower-income Californians and to provide leadership on affordable housing finance and policy. Since 1988, the California Housing Partnership has assisted more Read More


Lack of Affordable Housing Driving More Riverside County Families into Poverty

A renter household needs to earn 2.5 times the state minimum wage in order to afford average asking rents in Riverside County. Inflation-adjusted median rents in Riverside County increased 31% from 2000 to 2013, while inflation adjusted median renter household income declined 3.5%. Riverside County needs 66,409 additional affordable rental Read More


Lack of Affordable Housing Driving More Los Angeles County Families into Poverty

Key Findings A renter household needs to earn 4 times the state minimum wage in order to afford average asking rents in Los Angeles County. Inflation-adjusted median rents in Los Angeles County increased 27% from 2000 to 2013, while inflation adjusted median renter household income declined 7%. Los Angeles County needs 527,722 additional affordable rental Read More


Shortfall of Affordable Homes Increases Burden on Low-Income Families in Kern County

Key Findings A renter household needs to earn more than the state minimum wage in order to afford average asking rents in Kern County. Inflation-adjusted median rents in Kern County increased 23% from 2000 to 2013, while inflation-adjusted median renter household income increased by only 2%. Kern County needs 29,915 Read More


Update on California’s Affordable Housing Crisis: The Critical Role of Housing Access and Affordability in Reducing Poverty

New analysis shows how the shortfall of affordable homes is exacerbating poverty throughout California.


Preserving a Historic Hotel with Innovative Financing and the Partial Transfer of a Section 8 Contract

In February 2015, Christian Church Homes (CCH) celebrated the grand re-opening of the Lorenz Senior Apartments in Redding, California after a major rehabilitation. A historic hotel that had been converted to senior housing, the Lorenz was in need of structural upgrades and repairs and improvements …


Mutual Housing California Achieves Zero Net Energy in Woodland

When Mutual Housing at Spring Lake opened its doors, the 62-unit apartment development became the first multifamily affordable rental development in the nation to receive the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Homes certification. Zero Net Energy (ZNE) buildings produce as much energy as they use… 


Preservation of Affordable Homes Near Transit Toolkit

Preserving affordable rental homes near transit is a critical strategy in addressing the affordable housing crisis in the Bay Area today. Recent analysis indicates a shortfall of 250,000 rental homes affordable to the Bay Area’s very low-income households (those earning less than 50% of the area median income). Loss of Read More


University Avenue Homes: A Critical Resource in Need of TLC

UA Homes is one of many aging SRO properties in California that provide an important affordable housing resource for low‐income people who would otherwise be homeless. However, at nearly 90 years of age and with complicated layers of restrictive financing, UA Homes badly needed a major physical and financial rehabilitation. Read More


Garfield Park Village Pioneers SPRAC for Unassisted Section 202 Properties

Located in Santa Cruz, California, and owned and managed by Christian Church Homes (CCH), Garfield Park Village is an affordable senior apartment complex developed in 1964 with a HUD Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Subsidized Mortgage. In Dec 2013, Garfield Park became one of the first Section 202 Read More


How San Francisco County’s Housing Market is Failing to Meet the Needs of Low-Income Families

San Francisco County has the eighth largest shortfall of homes affordable to low-income families in California. Many of those families live in unhealthy or unsafe conditions, crowd multiple people into each room, and still pay more than 50 percent of their income on rent. The following report describes the magnitude Read More


How San Mateo County’s Housing Market is Failing to Meet the Needs of Low-Income Families

There are simply not enough homes in San Mateo County affordable to the low-income families who live there. Many of these families live in unhealthy or unsafe conditions, crowd multiple people into each room, and still pay more than 50 percent of their income on rent. The following report describes Read More


How Sacramento County’s Housing Market is Failing to Meet the Needs of Low-Income Families

Sacramento County is seventh on the list of counties with the largest shortfalls of homes affordable to low income families in California. Many of those families live in unhealthy or unsafe conditions, crowd multiple people into each room, and still pay more than 50 percent of their income on rent. Read More


How Orange County’s Housing Market is Failing to Meet the Needs of Low-Income Families

Orange County has the third largest shortfall of homes affordable to low-income families in California. Many of those families live in unhealthy or unsafe conditions, crowd multiple people into each room, and still pay more than 50 percent of their income on rent. The following report describes the magnitude of Read More


How Fresno County’s Housing Market is Failing to Meet the Needs of Low-Income Families

Fresno County has the tenth largest shortfall of homes affordable to low-income families in California. Many of those families live in unhealthy or unsafe conditions, crowd multiple people into each room, and still pay more than 50 percent of their income on rent. The following report describes the magnitude of Read More


How San Diego County’s Housing Market is Failing to Meet the Needs of Low-Income Families

San Diego County has the second largest shortfall of homes affordable to low-income families in California. Many of those families live in unhealthy or unsafe conditions, crowd multiple people into each room, and still pay more than 50 percent of their income on rent. The following report describes the magnitude Read More


How Los Angeles County’s Housing Market is Failing to Meet the Needs of Low-Income Families

Los Angeles County has the largest shortfall of homes affordable to low-income families in California. Many of those families live in unhealthy or unsafe conditions, crowd multiple people into each room, and still pay more than 50 percent of their income on rent. Many others are homeless. The following report Read More


How Alameda County’s Housing Market is Failing to Meet the Needs of Low-Income Families

Alameda County has the fourth largest shortfall of homes affordable to low-income families in California. Many of those families live in unhealthy or unsafe conditions, crowd multiple people into each room, and still pay more than 50 percent of their income on rent. The following report describes the magnitude of Read More


How Santa Clara County’s Housing Market is Failing to Meet the Needs of Low-Income Families

Santa Clara County has the fifth largest shortfall of homes affordable to low-income families in California. Many of those families live in unhealthy or unsafe conditions, crowd multiple people into each room, and still pay more than 50 percent of their income in rent. The following report describes the magnitude of the Read More


Executive Summary: Why Creating and Preserving Affordable Homes Near Transit Is a Highly Effective Climate Protection Strategy

California is currently debating how to invest greenhouse gas (GHG) cap-and-trade auction proceeds so that they result in real, quantifiable and verifiable greenhouse gas reductions. A new analysis of data from Caltrans’ California Household Travel Survey (CHTS) completed in February 2013 shows that a well-designed program to put more affordable Read More


Why Creating and Preserving Affordable Homes Near Transit Is a Highly Effective Climate Protection Strategy

California is currently debating how to invest greenhouse gas (GHG) cap-and trade auction proceeds so that they result in real, quantifiable and verifiable greenhouse gas reductions. A new analysis of data from Caltrans’ California Household Travel Survey (CHTS) completed in February 2013 shows that a well-designed program to put more Read More


HUD Preservation Round Two: Ensuring the Long-term Financial, Physical, and Environmental Sustainability of a LIHPRA Property

Los Robles Apartments is a 76-unit, multifamily, affordable development located in the city of Vista in San Diego County. The property was built in 1974 using a (HUD) Section 236 subsidized mortgage. By 1996, the for-profit owner of Los Robles was considering converting the development to market-rate. Community Housing Works Read More


Preserving Affordable Housing Near Transit in Fremont – Summary and Recommendations

This memo summarizes the policy, data, and spatial analysis that Reconnecting America (RA) and the California Housing Partnership Corporation (CHPC) completed for the City of Fremont with the goal of helping the City of Fremont identify highest-priority affordable housing preservation areas near transit stations as well as the most effective Read More


Improving Lives Through the Preservation and Creation of Affordable Homes

The essence of our mission has not changed in the eleven years since I came to work at the California Housing Partnership: to assist nonprofit and government housing agencies create and preserve housing affordable to low-income Californians while providing leadership on affordable housing finance issues. What has changed is our Read More


How California’s Housing Market is Failing to Meet the Needs of Low-Income Families in California

California is showing increasing economic and fiscal strength with economic growth among the top five states in the nation and a budget that is in the black for the first time in a decade. Yet this good news is tempered by the growing severity of an age-old California problem: the Read More


Preserving Affordable Housing Near Transit in San Jose – Summary and Recommendations

This memo summarizes the policy, data and spatial analysis that Reconnecting America (RA) and the California Housing Partnership Corporation (CHPC) completed for the City of San Jose, with the aim of identifying the affordable housing reservation need near transit in San Jose. The memo also includes a set of recommendations Read More


Greening City Gardens

The California Housing Partnership Corporation (CHPC) is a private nonprofit organization committed to helping government and nonprofit housing agencies preserve and expand the supply of affordable housing for lower income households throughout California. Through our Green Rental home Energy Efficiency Network (GREEN) and related advocacy efforts, CHPC is expanding access to energy efficiency Read More


SAHA Creates a Model for Achieving Verified Energy Savings

Berkeley-based nonprofit affordable housing owner Satellite Affordable Housing Associates (SAHA) is using sophisticated tools to track energy and water performance at Merritt Crossing Senior Apartments, leading to clearly quantifiable energy savings.  These results can lead to improvements not only in the operations of the property but also in how future energy Read More


Eden Housing Pioneers a New Model for Recapitalizing Aging HUD 202 Properties

In March 2013, after years of effort, Eden Housing closed the financing and began rehabilitating six properties originally built with Section 202 loans more than twenty years earlier. This case study highlights their innovative approach. 


The Cambridge Apartments: Preserving Permanent Supportive Housing for the Long Term

On Thursday, July 18th,. Community Housing Partnership (CHP), celebrated the grand reopening of the Cambridge Apartments with 60 efficiency units for formerly homeless adults in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood. Preserving housing for California’s most vulnerable low-income residents is challenging work involving complex efforts to navigate and integrate funding programs and Read More


Public Housing Transformation: Maple Park Apartments in Live Oak, CA

On May 29th, 2013, the Regional Housing Authority of Sutter and Nevada Counties (RHASNC) and its nonprofit development partner, the Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP), as well as members of the local community, celebrated the completion of Phase I of the newly rebuilt Maple Park Apartments in the Sutter County Read More


Why Cap-and-Trade Auction Proceeds Should Fund Affordable Homes Near Transit

Affordable TOD Has an Important Role in Reducing GHG Transportation-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions account for 38% of California’s total. Because transportation needs are driven in large part by where people can afford to live, housing affordability affects the sector’s emissions. The Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS) planning process required by Read More


Revitalizing the Evergreen Apartments

The City of Long Beach helps Abode Communities Preserve 81 Affordable Homes. US Bank became the LIHTC investor, while Union Bank was the bond purchaser and lender. Together, they extended affordability for an additional 40 years. 


Building and Preserving Affordable Homes Near Transit

CHPC initiated this report in order to assess existing research on the role of preservation and development of affordable housing in transit-­-oriented corridors as a greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction strategy for California. As a result of our extensive review of existing literature, we have found three important trends : 1) Read More


Barriers to Weatherizing California

This study examines various approaches undertaken by the California Department of Community Services and Development (CSD) to make energy efficiency improvements to low income rental multifamily dwellings (MFDs).


Richardson Apartments: San Francisco’s Bittersweet Goodbye to Redevelopment

The February 8th Grand Opening of Drs. Julian and Raye Richardson Apartments in San Francisco’s Civic Center/Hayes Valley neighborhood was a moving event on many levels. The beautifully designed, mixed-use, energy efficient five-story building sits on one of the last remaining parcels from the city’s redevelopment of the former Central Freeway. Community Housing Partnership (CHP) developed these 120 Read More


Local Preservation Strategies

1. Analyze inventory Staff can review the inventory of federally assisted units by utilizing the Risk Assessment report published by the California Housing Partnership Corporation (CHPC). Projects designated “At—Risk” are within five years of the end date if the most valuable subsidy or rent restriction. For example, a property with Read More


California Notice Provisions for At-Risk Properties: An Update for 2012

As of November 2011, California has more than 438,000 apartments serving low income households earning less than 80% of area median income: 116,099 are subsidized and regulated by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), 22,912 are subsidized by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), 40,500 are public Read More


Improving California’s Multifamily Buildings: Opportunities and Recommendations for Green Retrofit and Rehab Programs

In California, the single-family home weatherization and whole-house performance sector is very active, with many programs already in place and new ones that began rolling out in the fall of 2010. While these programs have the potential to achieve impressive energy savings, their approaches do not neatly carry over into Read More


The Arbors: Green Preservation Rehab

The Arbors is a success story that shows how an experienced nonprofit housing developer working in partnership with a mission driven local nonprofit lender can overcome huge financing obstacles to transform older HUD-assisted housing into healthier green housing that will remain affordable for future generations of low income Californians.


The Power of Leveraging Section 8

The U.S. population is expected to exceed 349 million by 2025, an increase of 67 million people over the year 2000. This unprecedented growth in the U.S. will necessitate tremendous investment in new housing units to accommodate some 32 million households by 2025. As one researcher noted, this new housing Read More