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We called on the community to help us preserve the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance* within the draft Housing Element at the March 26 Sacramento County Board of Supervisors meeting, and the response was inspiring.

Fifty people attended, representing SACT, Resources for Independent Living, DOGFITE, Cottage Housing, Loaves & Fishes, Mutual Housing California, Save the American River Association and the League of Women Voters. Additionally, 262 people have signed our Open Letter to the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors. We are thankful for the outpouring of support from the community.

Our goals were to preserve the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance’s place within the draft Housing Element and keep the 15% requirement (3% Extremely Low-Income, 6% Very Low-Income and 6% Low-Income) in the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance.

The Board of Supervisors agreed upon protecting the Inclusionary Housing Ordinace as a part of the draft Housing Element, but did not include any language on income percentages.

Despite the fact that the 15% was not addressed, we still consider this a victory, as we won the fight in keeping the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance tied to the Housing Element. Thank you to SACT, Resources for Independent Living, DOGFITE, Cottage Housing, Loaves & Fishes, Mutual Housing, Save the American River Association and the League of Women Voters for helping us achieve this goal.

Below is the language adopted by the Board. In a 4-1 vote, Supervisor Nattoli voted no on this, as he wanted more of the language we proposed–especially in reference to the implementation of the Housing Ordinance:

The County will review and may amend its Affordable Housing Ordinance to consider its effectiveness in producing affordable housing, its impact on the production of market rate housing, the current and projected future need for affordable housing in the county and the market’s ability to meet that need, and options to streamline and/or clarify the ordinance.

The County Staff will now send the draft Housing Element to the California Department of Housing and Community Development, where it will be reviewed within a 60-day period.

Sacramento Housing Alliance will keep you updated on any developments over the next several weeks. This is just the beginning of a long process to preserve the existing Ordinance, so your continued support is appreciated. As a reminder, the Board of Supervisors has until October 31, 2013 to approve the Housing Element.

If you haven’t done so, please sign our Open Letter to the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors. If you have, please show your support by sharing the Open Letter’s URL on Facebook and Twitter: http://www.sachousingalliance.org/open-letter-to-county-board-of-supervisors/.

*The County Inclusionary Housing Ordinance is one of several “tools” used by the County to produce housing that is affordable for households with incomes below the Area Median Income of $76.000 per year.