sweeps California real estate market
By Laura Dudnick
August 15, 2007
A new California housing report released Tuesday shows one third
of California cities and counties, including five Bay Area cities,
now have inclusionary housing policies to help keep reasonably
priced homes available.
The report, "Affordable By Choice: Trends in California
Inclusionary Housing Programs," reveals 170 jurisdictions
- 32 percent of the cities and counties in California - now hold
inclusionary housing policies, up from 107 jurisdictions, or 20
percent, in 2003.
Inclusionary housing policies require builders to price a percentage
of market-rate homes at "affordable" levels to give
those with lesser incomes the opportunity to love closer to their
jobs, according to the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern
According to the report, middle- and working-class residents
with a wide range of incomes live in inclusionary housing homes.
"These policies are helping to create neighborhoods like
the ones many of us grew up in, where people with different incomes
can live side-by-side," said Dianne Spaulding, executive
director of the non-profit housing association.
California has an estimated 30,000 long-term affordable homes
as a result of inclusionary housing policies, providing shelter
for at least 80,000 residents, according to the report.
Five Bay Area cities - Dublin, Emeryville, Petaluma, Pleasanton
and San Bruno - are among the eight California cities with the
highest number of inclusionary housing homes, and Palo Alto was
the first California city to adopt a policy, the report stated.
Rob Weiner, executive director of the California Coalition for
Rural Housing, explained since California has not made enough
homes for lower-income families in the past, approaches such as
inclusionary housing are needed.
"California's housing market is just broken, and while inclusionary
housing won't fix everything, at least it's a start," said
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