Philanthropy Now podcast: Creating affordable housing in Silicon Valley

Policymaker panel moderated by Emmett Carson

In SVCF's Philanthropy Now podcast series, we explore trends in the world of philanthropy, social impact initiatives in Silicon Valley and beyond, and look at how SVCF promotes innovative philanthropic solutions to challenging problems.

This episode of Philanthropy Now features a panel discussion moderated by SVCF CEO and President Emmett Carson on affordable housing. The discussion was hosted by Silicon Valley at Home, and took place during Affordable Housing Week in Santa Clara County, May 12-19. Panelists were California State Senator Scott Wiener, California Assembly member Ash Kalra, Carolyn Coleman from the League of California Cities, and Paul Nieto from the Building Industry Association.

Housing panel 1
From left: Emmett Carson, Carolyn Coleman, Paul Nieto, Ash Kalra and Scott Wiener

These panelists discussed issues and solutions for affordable housing in the Bay Area. Though the panelists are from different fields and backgrounds, they are all determined to come together to provide solutions to the housing crisis. 

Staggering statistics point out the severe lack of affordable housing in our community, a problem compounded by the rapid rise in housing prices. The panel discussed why this has gotten so out of control and different methods that can help communities move forward in a responsible and proactive way.

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From left: Paul Nieto, Carolyn Coleman, Emmett Carson, Ash Kalra and Scott Wiener

The discussion is both friendly and informative as the panel members truly seek to find common ground and solutions that bring about actual changes rather than half-hearted and unenforced policies. Listen to find ways you can help build momentum toward real and affordable solutions to these problems.

What you will learn

  • Why job growth and escalation in housing prices can be linked to the affordable housing crisis – as 130,000 new housing units are needed but only 69,000 have been built.

  • Learn about Senate Bill 35, a California bill that may be able to provide accountability and more affordable housing in all areas.

  • How Proposition 13 has affected this issue by transferring a large tax burden to homeowners, and how this can be balanced out.

  • What methods are being used to finance and fund these initiatives (including Senate Bill 2 and Senate Bill 3) and how the different panel members see these playing out.The importance of communities being held responsible for creating affordable housing while also allowing them to have freedom in how they do so.
  • How communities might address homeless, middle class and elderly citizens, as well as zoning concerns.

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