Education is at the heart of our advocacy efforts, which is why we host 50+ annual events to educate and activate residents around the Bay Area and across California. We’ve also created the online video series below so you can learn at your leisure.
Bay Area Housing 101
What caused our housing crisis and how do we solve it? This popular one-hour program answers common housing questions and explains how individuals and organizations can be part of advancing solutions. Perfect for a lunchtime or after-work event, we can educate and motivate groups of any size.
Watch our video shorts to get a high-level understanding of housing fundamentals in a matter of minutes.
When the world began living and working on Zoom in 2020, HAC got busy hosting a series of virtual conversations with pro-housing lawmakers and housing experts to keep our members and the general public updated on the latest housing developments. If you’d like to relive those times, this webinar series is for you.
Small Project Self Scorecard
Although our Project Review Committee only formally reviews and endorses projects with ten or more homes, we’re happy to help those with smaller projects of less than ten homes seek approval from their local planning commission. Simply complete our Small Project Self Scorecard, submit for review, and we’ll provide feedback for you to consider before contacting your planning commission.
We have compiled a list of resources for General Housing and Applying to Affordable Housing organized alphabetically by city/county. If you have other resources that you think we should add please let us know.
As part of our COVID-19 rapid response efforts, HAC collaborated with YIMBY Action, SPUR, Bay Area Council, and SV@Home on this resource page for Bay Area home builders, renters, and homeowners during Shelter In Place orders. HAC members Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP has put together a similar resource here. Hopefully we’ll never need to update these!
Why Should You Care?
What is Subsidized Affordable Housing?
A History of Bay Area Housing
San Francisco’s Housing Stock
The Cost of Building Housing
How Housing Impacts the Enviroment
New Housing is a Good Thing!
Solutions to the Affordability and Displacement Crisis
How HAC Makes a Difference
How Dirt Becomes Homes
What is California Doing About Housing?
July 17th, 2020
The California State Legislature was set to debate hundreds of housing bills before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. In the weeks since, the state’s budget situation has radically shifted, but the housing shortage, as well as widespread housing insecurity, still underlies many of the challenges faced by Californians. Fortunately, the Bay Area’s state legislators remain stalwart housing champions, so join them for a conversation about what they think can be accomplished in Sacramento this year.
East Bay Town Hall with Asm. Wicks and Asm. Bonta
May 20th, 2020
State Assemblymember Buffy Wicks and State Assemblymember Rob Bonta for a virtual Town Hall Wednesday discussed housing and construction in the East Bay, local, regional, and statewide responses to the pandemic, and more.
A Conversation with Jason Elliott and Kate Gordon
May 15th, 2020
Jason Elliott (Governor Newsom’s top housing and homelessness advisor) and Kate Gordon (Director of California’s Office of Planning and Research) joined moderator Graciela Castillo-Krings of Sacramento Advocates to discuss the status of housing goals and the state’s budget.
The State of Subsidized Affordable Housing with Sam Moss
May 8th, 2020
Mission Housing Executive Director Sam Moss provides a detailed breakdown of subsidized affordable housing in San Francisco.
Housing Townhall with Sen. Wiener, Asm. Chiu and Asm. Ting
April 22, 2020
The San Francisco delegation joins Executive Director Todd David to discuss housing policy amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Regulatory Committee: Safety on the Housing Construction Job Site
April 17, 2020
Our Regulatory Committee hears from multiple guests on measures being used to ensure safety on housing construction job-sites.
Local, State and Federal COVID-19 Responses
April 15, 2020
David Garcia from the Terner Center for Housing Innovation at UC Berkeley details the COVID-19 responses at the federal, state and local level.
A Conversation with SF Planning Director Hillis and SF DBI Interim Director O’Riordan
April 8, 2020
SF Planning Director Rich Hillis and Department of Building Inspection Interim Director Patrick O’Riordan answer permitting, application, and construction questions.