Working to accelerate solutions to achievable local housing in the North Tahoe-Truckee region.

Policy #3: State + Federal Policy Platform

Description

The State + Federal Policy Platform lays a framework for how the Mountain Housing Council (MHC) will direct its advocacy efforts for state and federal policies that impact achievable local housing in the North Tahoe-Truckee region. The Platform was developed by a policy action team with support from Sierra Business Council’s Government Affairs program, and was approved by 15 MHC members in 2018.

MHC supports policies that address all income levels defined as achievable local housing, including traditional affordable housing (up to 80% AMI) and “missing middle” housing (80% AMI-195% AMI). The latter rarely receives financial assistance from the government but represents a significant need in the North Tahoe-Truckee region. MHC’s advocacy goals are to create and broaden relationships with state and federal decision makers and organizations outside the region in an effort to build influence, change policy, attract funding and ultimately create more achievable local housing in the area.

Mountain Housing Council’s 2019 Advocacy Priorities

The Mountain Housing Council reviews its specific policy priorities annually for each new legislative session while keeping in alignment with the Policy Platform. To read the 2019 Advocacy Priorities, click here.

2019 policies and budget decisions supported by the MHC will potentially:

  • Increase development and utilization of accessory dwelling units
  • Extend and expand tax credits for low- and moderate-income households
  • Incentivize the purchase of mobile home parks by community nonprofits and residents
  • Protect and expand access to funding for rural communities, tribes, and farm workers

Actions Taken to Date

Policy Tracking and Comment Letters: In 2018, the MHC advocacy team supported the passage of Propositions 1 and 2 that appeared on the November 2018 statewide ballot, approving over $6 billion in funding for affordable housing programs throughout the state. In 2019, MHC worked with Sierra Business Council to track the implementation of the 2017 housing package signed into law by Governor Brown and Propositions 1 & 2. 

The Mountain Housing Council also submitted eight advocacy letters in support of the 2019 Advocacy Priorities:

  • SB 252 (Leyva): MHC submitted two support letters for this bill, which would preserve the affordability of mobile home parks by incentivizing owners to sell to qualified purchasers. This policy intervention supports preservation of existing affordable housing. This bill did not pass in 2019.
  • AB 1010 (Garcia): MHC submitted one support letter for this bill, which would expand California Tribal access (including tribes in Placer and Nevada County) to State funded affordable housing and community development programs. Supporting this bill indicates our region’s support for addressing key statewide housing challenges, such as equity and tribal accessibility issues, and supports the work of key partners. This bill was signed into law by Governor Newsom on October 9, 2019.
  • SB 5 (Beall): MHC submitted three letters with a “support if amended” request for this bill, which would establish a new statewide program to help local governments implement low- and moderate-income housing, transit oriented development and sustainable communities. The amendment request focused on expanding the rural funding set aside amount and modifying the definition of rural communities to more accurately reflect the characteristics of Placer County’s rural populations.
  • CalHOME Grant Program: MHC submitted suggestions for modifying the eligibility requirements of this program to be more inclusive of rural communities and the region’s definition of achievable local housing.
  • Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Grant Program: MHC submitted suggestions for expanding the rural set-aside of this program from 10% to 20%, and to modify a technical requirement of the program related to how greenhouse gas emissions in rural communities are calculated and scored as part of the application process. 

Relationship Building: Throughout 2018 and 2019, MHC also maintained and built relationships with key housing groups like Housing California, California Stewardship Network, and the California Coalition for Rural Housing. These organizations can help amplify MHC’s advocacy priorities in future years and are key for building political identity and influence outside of the region.

2019 Capital Days: Two teams traveled to Sacramento in 2019 and conducted 14 meetings with state legislators, the Governor’s office, budget committees and housing agencies to increase awareness of the Tahoe-Truckee region’s housing challenges and priorities. These meetings introduced key decision makers to housing issues in the North Tahoe-Truckee region. 

Mountain Housing Council Policy Platform Partners

  • Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe
  • Family Resource Center of Truckee (now Sierra Community House)
  • Martis Fund
  • Mountain Area Preservation
  • North Lake Tahoe Resort Association
  • Placer County
  • Sierra Business Council
  • Squaw Valley Public Service District
  • Tahoe City Public Utility District

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