The SACOG region, like the rest of California, is in a housing crisis because it has not been able to build enough housing to keep up with demand. In particular, our region has struggled to build enough multifamily housing products in existing communities. Building more is critical to housing our region’s service workers, teachers, and other working class households as well as to promote racial equity and reduce residential segregation.
SACOG and local jurisdictions throughout the region are working together to find ways to overcome these challenges. Local and regional efforts can put in place a regulatory framework that reduces the barriers to building more infill multifamily housing. The link below provides a two-page summary of SACOG’s Mind the Gap Housing Initiative, including a framing for understanding our housing gaps, six policy changes at the local level that have the potential to fill those gaps, and how SACOG can assist our member agencies to pursue these policy changes.
SACOG promotes and provides assistance to local governments to implement the Metropolitan Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy. Housing plays a key role in the MTP/SCS, and SACOG is looking for ways to support its member agencies with technical support to housing production to meet the region’s needs. To this end, see the subheading links below for more information on CEQA streamlining opportunities, housing research and resources, and data for updating housing elements.