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 11 MHC partners in 2021.

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-245% 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 2022 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. Download the 2022 Policy Priorities.

The policy platform is based on a set of core principles or understandings, including the need to:

1. lay the foundation for the creation of affordable homes for all
2. advance housing equity by serving all residents of the North Lake Tahoe Truckee community
3. Focus attention on two top priorities–Affordable Housing at <80% AMI and Achievable Housing
between 80% AMI & 195% AMI
4. increase access to a wide range of housing types–from Accessory Dwelling Units, to Single
Family Residential, to small scale and/or Multi-family housing
5. reduce homelessness by supporting the creation of housing and housing-related services for
the homeless community
6. retain existing affordable and achievable housing, including existing affordable housing and
affordable- by- design housing, such as secondary units and mobile home parks
7. advance and encourage a rational planning, zoning and permitting environment with
broad-based support from local jurisdictions that are implementing those policies to exceed
Regional Housing Needs Allocation targets

2022 Legislation We Support

ACA 1 (Aguiar-Curry) Reduces City, County or Special District Ad Valorem Tax Threshold of 55%
ACA 14 (Wicks) Housing Opportunities for Everyone (HOPE) Act. Allocates 5% of General Fund Revenue to Housing 2024-25/2032-33
AB 411 (Irwin) Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Bond Act of 2022
AB 561 (Ting) Help Homeowners Add New Housing Program
AB 672 (Garcia) Conversion of Public Golf Courses to Housing
AB 880 (Aguiar-Curry) Affordable Disaster Housing Revolving Development and Acquisition Program
AB 889 (Gipson) Business Entities/Landlords Reporting Requirements on Real Estate Holdings
AB 1445 (Levine) Adds Climate Change to Housing Impacts for Regional Housing Needs Allocation Process
AB 1685 (Bryan) Homeless Vehicle Parking Violation Waiver Program
AB 1755 (Levine) Creates Wildfire Protection Grant Program at the Department of Insurance
AB 1911 (Gabriel) Affordable Housing Preservation Tax Credit Program
AB 2221 (Quirk-Silva) Clarifies and Expands Requirements for Approval of Accessory Dwelling Units
AB 2233 (Quirk-Silva) Establishes the Public Housing Loan Fund
AB 2334 (Wicks) Enhanced Density Bonus Benefit for Low VMT Affordable Housing Areas
AB 2710 (Kalra) Right of First Refusal to Purchase Rental Properties for Tenants and NGO’s
SCA 2 (Allen) Repeals Article 34 of California Constitution
SB 490 (Caballero) Technical Assistance to Jurisdictions and Community-Based Organizations for Purchase of Affordable Housing
SB 513 (Hertzberg) Homeless Shelter Grant Programs for Pet Services

Past Advocacy Priorities

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.
  • 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.

Relationship Building

The MHC has 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.

 

Mountain Housing Council Policy Platform Partners

  • Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe
  • Olympic Valley Public Service District
  • Placer County
  • Sierra Business Council
  • Tahoe Regional Planning Agency
  • Tahoe Sierra Board of Realtors
  • Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation
  • Town of Truckee
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