Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA

Date and Time

Tuesday, March 6 2018 - 5 PM

Event Details

On Tuesday, March 6, ASPIRE co-sponsored a panel discussion with Stanford in Government (SIG) on Housing Policy in the Bay Area.

The panel consisted of Michael B. Kahan, the co-Director of theProgram on Urban Studies at Stanford, and Kristy Wang, the Community Planning Policy Director at the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR). Salimah Hankins, the Senior Attorney of the Housing Program at Community Legal Services of East Palo Alto, was also scheduled to participate, but was unable to attend due to a medical emergency. The panelists gave an overview of the current state of the housing crisis in the Bay Area, and each offered up explanations of some of the ways current public policy can lead to the exacerbation of the crisis. In particular, Kristy Wang spoke about the lopsided policy incentives that might encourage municipalities to encourage jobs and commercial development, but not housing. The panelists also discussed the implications of certain state-level policies on housing supply and affordable housing provision, including the Ellis Act (which has offered landlords a means of pursuing evictions) and the Costa-Hawkins Act (which places limits on the scope of rent control policies in the state).

The panel closed with a Q&A session from the students in attendance. Food from the Treehouse and beverages were served for the event.