Policy

As an advocate for access to affordable housing for all Californians, we have spent a number of recent years analyzing and employing local and state housing laws to develop sites more efficiently and affordably (faster and cheaper).  We have been the first, in many situations, to put State Density Bonus Law into practice to create “by right” housing developments and avoid lengthy entitlement processes (sometimes in areas where they would otherwise not be permitted).  

We have not only spearheaded efforts in Cities of Oceanside, Escondido, El Cajon, and San Diego to identify and employ favorable housing policy to expand and expedite the production of affordable housing, but we have proposed new legislation to serve a broader class of residential development (see SOFHI Housing Initiative).

Our understanding and experience utilizing State Density Bonus Law and other state and local housing policies, has resulted in housing that is faster to develop, results in more dwelling units, and is less costly.

SOFHI Initiative

OBJECTIVE: To legally and affordably place small-scale housing on property owned by nonprofit spiritual or social services-based organizations via an expansion of the Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) ordinance and ministerial process, as to rapidly inject a supplemental
supply of housing that’s inherently positioned to serve those populations most in need.