Habitat Greater San Francisco Speaks Out on Law that Blocks Affordable Homeownership
July 09, 2018 |
Our CEO, Maureen Sedonaen, met with Capital Public Radio’s Ben Bradford in downtown Redwood City at the end of June. On the agenda was the delay to a flagship Habitat building caused by a lawsuit citing a 1970s environmental law: the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
Maureen highlighted that the use of CEQA lawsuits doesn’t only frustrate affordable development in an abstract sense, it is keeping 20 local middle class families from securing a place to live.
CEQA is used as a tool to ‘grind down’ affordable housing developers and drive-up their costs. They are typically issued, as in this case, when projects have already secured all permits and permissions and won widespread community support.
Maureen stressed Habitat’s determination to see the project through to completion – not least because homes like these are a direct, tangible solution to our region’s affordable housing crisis.
The case will be heard in court in October. Over the next few months, Habitat will be reaching out to supporters to help us advocate for the legal and regulatory reforms needed to stop housing projects like this one being unnecessarily stalled.