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CCRE Hosts Professor Ajay Garde on Housing Affordability and Inequities of Land Use

Over 80 percent of California’s low-income households spend more than a third of their income on housing costs. Professor Ajay Garde, Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy at UC Irvine, studies social problems related to the built environment. He presented findings from his study “Housing Affordability Crisis and Inequities of Land Use Change in Southern California” as part of the Center for California Real Estate (CCRE)/UC Center Sacramento Spring Speaker Series. CCRE, an institute of C.A.R. that provides insights on critical issues impacting the California real estate industry, co-sponsored the event, which featured opening remarks from C.A.R. President Jennifer Branchini.

Professor Garde shared data from five urban counties - Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura - on how they’ve changed their land use policies to address housing affordability. The study examined whether cities’ land-use portfolios are associated with their populations’ socioeconomic characteristics. It viewed multiple factors, including whether more, or less, land was zoned for multifamily housing from 2008 to 2016. The study also examined issues with Regional Housing Needs Assessments (RHNA) permits, which C.A.R. is addressing through the actions of its Californians for Homeownership foundation. It concluded with policy suggestions for the equitable distribution of land uses.

View a recording of Professor Garde’s presentation here, and download the slide deck here:

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