Governor Newsom Prioritizes Housing
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Governor Newson pledged to build 3.5 million new homes in California during his term and has proposed a “Marshall Plan” for affordable housing. Newsom’s state budget allocates $1.75 billion to housing.
One of Newsom’s first executive orders calls for creating an inventory of all state-owned property suitable for housing and then moving forward with development proposals and long-term lease agreements. Newsom hopes to break ground on those properties in two years. However, the Governor does not seem willing to embrace bringing back redevelopment agencies as a source for funding housing. Those agencies were dismantled under Governor Brown.
Governor Newsom also linked transportation funding for local government to those local governments meeting their housing goals. He suggested that local governments not satisfying housing goals should not be getting SB 1 gas tax money for transportation projects.
Local governments that have housing elements in their general plans whose goals often are not met have expressed opposition to linking transportation funding to housing construction via statements that characterize the housing crisis as separate from the issue of infrastructure maintenance.