How Many Affordable Homes are At Risk of Conversion in California? Where Do Preservation Efforts Need to be Targeted?
The current California affordable housing crisis will only worsen if nothing more is done to protect the thousands of subsidized affordable rental homes at risk of market rate conversion. According to the Affordable Homes At Risk | 2022 Report by the California Housing Partnership, 20,792 subsidized affordable rental homes have already been lost through conversion to market rate units and 7,053 more are at risk of conversion to market rate as soon as this year. The Partnership has also begun early research into the number of unsubsidized apartments still affordable to low income renters in California, often referred to as “naturally-occurring” affordable housing or NOAHs. Defining the universe of California’s subsidized and unsubsidized affordable rental homes compared to its vast lower income renter population puts into perspective why every affordable home is vital to preserve.
This evidence presented showcases the need for state action to even the purchasing playing field by developing the Community Anti-Displacement and Preservation Program (Bloom) and to encourage owners to preserve public assets with the Affordable Housing Preservation Tax Credit, AB 1911 (Gabriel),” says Mark Stivers, Director of Legislative & Regulatory Advocacy of the California Housing Partnership.
By 2031, more than 32,700 more affordable homes could lose their affordability. Over 40% of these apartments are home to seniors on fixed incomes and people with disabilities. If nothing is done to preserve these at-risk affordable rental homes, thousands of low-income seniors, families, and individuals may be at risk of unmanageable rent hikes and eviction. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to shine a light on the wealth and income inequities in our country and in California, especially for Black, Indigenous and people of color, where paying exorbitant rents means forgoing medical care, food, child care, and other necessary expenses.
On Thursday, March 10th at 10:00 am, join us for a discussion with nonprofits working on the ground and policy leads working in the Capitol to ensure affordable homes are not lost as the need for them grows. Event details:
If you would like to repost this report to further discuss its findings, we encourage the use of the following hashtags to keep the conversation going: #homesatrisk #affordablerentalhomes #CArenters
Learn more by visiting the Housing Preservation and State Policy sections of our website.
About the California Housing Partnership
The California Housing Partnership creates and preserves affordable and sustainable homes for Californians with low incomes by providing expert financial and policy solutions to nonprofit and public partners. Since 1988, the Partnership's on-the-ground technical assistance, applied research, and legislative leadership has leveraged $25 billion in private and public financing to preserve and create more than 75,000 affordable homes. |

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