Bay Area counties are getting started building housing needed for very-low-income residents, but meeting their goals seems to be a long way off.
As of 2017, Napa County was off to the best start, issuing permits for 22 percent of its expected need through 2023, according to the Bay Area Equity Atlas. San Francisco is not far behind, permitting 19 percent of its expected need, which is derived from the 2015-2023 Regional Housing Needs Assessment.
Here’s how the counties rank in terms of permitting to meet their expected needs for very-low-income housing.
1. Napa County
2. San Francisco
3. Alameda County
4. Sonoma County
5. Marin County
6. San Mateo County
7. Contra Costa County
8. Santa Clara County
9. Solano County
County officials are only a couple of years into the effort to meet their housing goals, said Sara Treuhaft, managing director at PolicyLink, which helped produce the atlas with the San Francisco Foundation and the University of Southern California.
She said that, so far, “We’re really building at the high end,” especially in the cities, and added that we really need to “shift our thinking” to make housing a “human right, not just a commodity.”