A Conversation with Streetlight’s Jeff Pawlak and Isaac Rosenberg

HAC recently welcomed Streetlight as a new member and spoke with its founders Jeff Pawlak and Issac Rosenberg about their new venture aimed at helping home builders win approval for their projects. Welcome to the Housing Action Coalition! For starters, what is Streetlight? So glad to be part of HAC! Community opposition is an ongoing challenge for…

Read More

ADUs: Then and Now

HAC recently welcomed architect Mark Hogan (OpenScope Studio) and attorney Brett Gladstone (Goldstein, Gellman, Melbostad, Harris & McSparran) to discuss updates to California ADU laws.  But what, you may be wondering, are ADUs? Let’s take a quick(ish) look.  Commonly called  “Granny Flats” or  Secondary Units, an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) is a secondary residential unit…

Read More

Sacramento Update

HAC began 2021 working closely with our partners in the Home Builders Coalition to pinpoint our legislative priorities and enlist support from lawmakers.  Now as the Senate and Assembly get ready to begin hearings on housing issues on March 18, below is a (very) short summary of bills we’re actively supporting. We’re also especially excited to…

Read More

Introducing HAC’s 2021 Policy Agenda

The Housing Action Coalition (HAC), though our 501(c)(3) education and 501(c)(4) advocacy arms, advocates for building more housing at all levels of affordability to help solve the Bay Area and California’s housing shortage, displacement, and affordability crises.  The magnitude of our housing shortage is nothing short of staggering. California has a statewide shortage of more…

Read More

It’s Time for Urbanists to Engage on Education

San Francisco’s housing shortage, displacement, and affordability crises have long made national news. But now, only two months into 2021, the media spotlight has turned to our schools and our attention-getting school board. In addition to generating an avalanche of articles, ridicule, and comparisons to “Portlandia,” the school board’s recent actions have sparked a powerful…

Read More

The Past, Present, and Future of Freeways

HAC intern extraordinaire Olivia Bergin takes a deep dive into the history of freeways, examines their adverse effects on communities of color, and looks toward the growing momentum for tearing them down and building more vibrant and inclusive communities.   A brief history of freeways  Freeways were mass-produced following the passing of the Federal Highway Act…

Read More

Sacramento Update: Ready for 2021!

While 2020 was not at all what we had hoped for in terms of housing progress in Sacramento, we’re both prepared for and optimistic about advancing pro-housing legislation in the year ahead. While HAC will not be taking a position on every piece of legislation in the just-introduced “Building Housing Opportunities for All” Senate Housing…

Read More

2020 Year in Review

Despite the many challenges this year presented, we’re proud to have accomplished a great deal and pleased to share our 2020 Year in Review. As always, we’re enormously grateful to our Members, partners, and allies throughout the Bay Area and in Sacramento for helping to propel our growth, momentum, and success, and we look forward…

Read More

HAC Gives Back for the Holidays

By now you’ve likely noticed that December 1 is Giving Tuesday – an annual occasion that widely celebrates and encourages giving back and doing good.  To mark this year’s event, we’re proud to share a few ways HAC Members are giving to those in need during this especially challenging holiday season. At Solomon Cordwell Buenz…

Read More

November 2020 Election Endorsement Blog

November 2020 Election Endorsement Blog

State Measures Prop 15 (Property Taxes) – Split Roll, Prop 13 Repeal – No Position Prop 15 would increase funding for public schools, community colleges, and local government services by the changing tax assessment of commercial and industrial property. Commercial and industrial properties would be taxed based on their market value and this would remove the property tax…

Read More