Housing has become the primary obstacle to livability in almost every region. High costs are pushing millions of people below the poverty line and many into homelessness.
Compounding existing housing challenges, longer commutes negatively impact air quality and worker’s health, while more and more employers struggle to attract and retain skilled workers.
California Forward, together with partners in the Summit, has risen to this challenge with ambitious policy initiatives and strategic alliances with triple-bottom-line economic development organizations.
We have promoted enhanced service delivery options that have challenged the status quo and the prevailing perception of what is fair, just and achievable for all Californians in the housing space. And continue this work with an expanded focus on equity, especially as it relates to homeownership, and meeting the state’s climate goals as well as its housing needs.