California Recognizes 10 More Prohousing Communities
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SACRAMENTO ~ Sacramento - In a continued effort to address the housing crisis in California, Governor Gavin Newsom announced today that 10 more communities have been recognized for their efforts to accelerate housing production. This brings the total number of designated prohousing communities in the state to just under 50.

The Prohousing Designation is awarded to cities and counties that demonstrate a commitment to cutting red tape, reducing construction and development costs, and implementing housing policies with a growth mindset. These communities are rewarded with funding incentives and additional resources to help scale up their innovative efforts.

The newly designated prohousing communities include the cities of Berkeley, Brea, Crescent City, Fairfield, Pinole, Rancho Cucamonga, Richmond, South Lake Tahoe and West Hollywood, as well as the County of Los Angeles. This designation comes with exclusive access to prohousing grants and additional points in the scoring of competitive housing, community development, and infrastructure funding programs administered by the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD).

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Governor Newsom emphasized the importance of this designation in meeting the housing needs of all Californians. "At a time when the state is facing a housing crisis, every local jurisdiction should be stepping up to earn this distinction," he stated.

The Prohousing Designation Program was established as part of a package of incentives and accountability measures in the 2019-20 Budget Act. Communities must actively work to implement state housing laws and follow best practices that go above and beyond minimum requirements in order to earn this designation.

Tomiquia Moss, Secretary of the California Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency praised these designated communities for their efforts. "It is so refreshing when we have opportunities like this to recognize our housing partners who are working to strengthen communities and improve quality of life for all," she said.

HCD Director Gustavo Velasquez also commended these communities for their commitment to breaking down barriers and creating more housing at a faster pace. "I am grateful and hopeful when I see so many communities working with my team to learn what they can do to be great partners in the effort to ensure housing stability for all Californians," he stated.

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California offers incentives and support to encourage communities to find creative solutions that address barriers to housing, such as accelerated production, equitable zoning, sustainable land use, reduced development costs, and financial subsidies. The 47 designated prohousing communities have shown a commitment to working proactively towards these goals, ultimately improving the quality of life for all Californians.

For a full list of the newly designated prohousing communities, please visit the HCD website. With this continued effort and collaboration between state and local governments, it is hoped that California will be able to meet its goal of planning for 2.5 million new homes by 2030, with at least one million serving the needs of lower income residents.

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