Affordable Housing on the November Ballot!

Kevin Zwick giving a presentation at NPH in Northern California

It’s an election year, and while there were already a lot of reasons to participate in democracy and vote this year, several ballot measures just made it all the more imperative.

There are a lot of housing measures on the ballot in California – and some apply to specific cities and towns so no matter where you live take notice. San Jose, for instance, has a $450 million affordable housing bond on the ballot in November – which, if passed, would go a long way toward fulfilling Mayor Sam Liccardo’s goal of creating more than 25,000 new homes in the city. It was among the many measures discussed at the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California’s meeting of 40 affordable housing organizations in mid-August.

If all of the discussed measures are passed it would mean an additional $7 billion for affordable housing. The two major bond measures on the state level are Proposition 1 and Proposition 2 – both of which got a great summary from our friends at SV@Home – click here to read about Prop 1 and 2. There will be more info coming on how we can all take action on these measures as we get closer to election day – so be sure to follow Housing Trust on Facebook and Twitter for updates!