Housing at Risk
The shortage of 1.3 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 nearly 32,000 of the existing federally subsidized affordable apartments in California are at risk of conversion to market rate in the next ten years. The Partnership 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 also works 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:
Our California Affordable Rental Housing Benefits Map captures the universe of federally subsidized affordable rental properties in California, many of which also receive state and local subsidies. Fed by our Preservation Database (described next), this interactive online tool shows quantitative estimates of social and economic benefits of affordable housing for individual residents and families, taxpayers, and the local economy. It also displays property-level information on specific affordable housing developments, and allows users to create reports on affordable housing’s impact in counties and legislative districts.
The California Housing Partnership’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. The California Housing Partnership maintains the only comprehensive database of all HUD subsidized properties, USDA Section 514 and 515 rural properties, and properties financed with Low Income Housing Tax Credits in California. The Partnership uses the database to identify affordable properties that are at risk and should be targeted for preservation.
The California Housing Partnership works to uncover regional trends and to engage with local governments, nonprofit developers, tenant advocates and other partners to develop local preservation strategies.
Learn how to preserve affordable homes in your community.