Community foundations across California are pioneering creative solutions to the state’s housing crisis.
The Mountain Housing Council of Tahoe Truckee (MHC), a project of TTCF, is comprised of 28 partners including local governments, special districts, corporate partners, nonprofits, and networks. Since 2017, TTCF has led the MHC by hosting events such as an annual public event, quarterly Council meetings, and research teams. It runs communications and public outreach, does fundraising and relationship-building, ensures every voice is at the table, and holds local leaders accountable. The Council has set a regional housing agenda, raised nearly $50 million for housing solutions, researched and developed 5 white papers/policy recommendations, helped the development of 411 affordable/achievable housing units, and helped push for another 413+ affordable/achievable housing units.
Placer Housing Matters is a project of Placer Community Foundation, with the goal of educating the public and shining the light on the need for attainable housing for the workforce in Placer County. “What is needed is a constituency of private and public sector actors, of government officials, private developers, local employers, and nonprofit developers,” says the Foundation, “to coalesce and mobilize around the need for affordable housing. It is the purpose of Placer Housing Matters to help make affordable housing for all a part of our future.”
The Napa Sonoma ADU Center is a fiscally-sponsored project of Napa Valley Community Foundation with support from Community Foundation Sonoma County and others. The Center conducted a series of surveys, data gathering, and focus groups with city and county staff, builders and architects, as well as homeowners who have built ADUs or are interested in building one in the future. This has informed a new set of tools and resources including an ADU Workbook, ADU Calculator, and spotlights of Napa and Sonoma County neighbors who have built ADUs, among others.
Keep Oakland Housed is a coordinated strategy and partnership to help Oakland residents at risk of losing their homes, providing a three-prong emergency response approach for residents: legal representation, financial assistance, and supportive services to help them remain in their homes. In addition to anti-displacement services for current lease-holders, KOH closes the gap that allows people with unstable housing to fall into homelessness.
SVCF believes having a place to live is a human right, and invests in strategies that will create communities in which everyone has a place to live. The affordable housing fund at SVCF is focused on: protecting people from unjust evictions and displacement; efforts that make it easier to find affordable housing; preserving existing affordable housing; and creating new affordable housing.
“Veterans Village,” a first for Santa Cruz County, is providing a permanent affordable housing solution for veterans and their families including on-site support services. With support from the Community Foundation Santa Cruz County, Vets Village will provide 20 homes for local veterans.
Community Foundation for Monterey County
Housing for Kids helps school-aged children and their families in the local community have access to secure housing. Appalled by the nearly 10,000 students in Monterey County public schools who do not have a secure home, a group of concerned residents of Monterey County founded this grassroots organization stewarded by the Community Foundation for Monterey County.
CCF’s Housing program combines grantmaking, lending and advocacy to support effective housing with services for homeless neighbors, more affordable housing and better jobs for working L.A. families. Since 2000, CCF has granted almost $30 million to ensure Angelenos have safe, supportive and stable homes and the economic opportunities they need to thrive.
The San Diego Black Homebuyers Program, launched in (X) in partnership with (X), improves the racial wealth gap in San Diego by investing in generational wealth-building opportunities through Black homeownership. The San Diego Housing Impact Fund at San Diego Foundation provides low-cost, philanthropic capital to increase low- and middle-income housing in San Diego County.
The Fresno DRIVE Initiative is a 10-year investment plan to develop an inclusive, vibrant, and sustainable economy for residents in the Greater Fresno Region. The Foundation serves as the backbone organization for Fresno DRIVE, providing support for collaboration, strategic planning, fundraising, and evaluation of results – including a $360M investment in permanent affordable housing in the region.
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Community foundations across California are part of a growing movement to revitalize the essential