Support bold policies to alleviate Berkeley's housing crisis


Berkeley is in the midst of a severe housing crisis that demands fundamental policy shifts. Fueled by a worsening regional housing shortfall, prices in Berkeley and across the region have climbed to record highs. If we do not act, Berkeley may very well lose its cultural and economic diversity.

Berkeley can't solve this crisis alone, but that does not relieve us of our responsibility to do our part by producing more market-rate and affordable housing. We hope that Berkeley will act as a regional leader, helping to foster the collective action necessary address the housing crisis.

We ask the Berkeley City Council to:

Speed up housing creation, especially along transit corridors. Allow City staff to quickly approve small- to medium-size residential projects that comply with applicable zoning requirements. Because it shouldn’t take months or years to approve a new housing project.

Set achievable affordable housing requirements. Make sure city fees and requirements for affordable units account for neighborhood-level conditions. Because we won’t get any market-rate or affordable housing if projects aren’t feasible.

Support the strong and fair enforcement of the City’s renter protections. Educate tenants and landlords to help prevent misunderstanding and conflict. Because landlords should respect tenants’ rights and tenants should accept their responsibilities.

Create transitional zoning. Establish medium-density buffer zones between high-density corridors and single-family neighborhoods. Because Berkeley needs more missing-middle housing types, more units near transit, and smooth transitions into single-family neighborhoods.

Encourage student housing. Work with UC Berkeley to drastically increase and expedite the production of new dormitories and student apartments. Because the growing student population needs places to live.








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