Comprised of major employers, for-profit and nonprofit housing developers, labor and environmental leaders, public policy and affordable housing advocates, transportation experts, charitable foundations and elected officials, CASA was convened in mid-2017 by MTC and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) to tackle the region’s housing crisis head on.
The 21-member CASA Steering Committee in late 2018 finalized a 10-point set of policy recommendations known as the CASA Compact designed to increase housing production at all levels of affordability, preserve existing affordable housing, and protect vulnerable populations from housing instability and displacement. Specific recommendations include:
- Just-cause eviction policy;
- Emergency rent cap;
- Emergency rent assistance and access to legal counsel;
- Removal of regulatory barriers to additional dwelling units;
- Minimum zoning near transit;
- Reforms to housing-approval processes;
- Expedited approvals and financial incentives for select housing types;
- Unlock public land for affordable housing;
- Raise $1.5 billion from a range of sources to fund implementation of the CASA Compact; and
- Establish a regional housing enterprise to implement the CASA Compact.
Following action by MTC at its December, 2018 meeting to authorize its Chair to endorse the CASA Compact, and a similar action by ABAG at its January, 2019 meeting to authorize endorsement of the Compact by the President of the ABAG Executive Board, the CASA effort has become a cornerstone for dozens of housing-related bills being considered by the state Legislature.
Additional resources, including a literature review of the Bay Area's housing crisis.
Information about CASA and its origins.