San Francisco + San José + Oakland

How to Build Homes for the Middle Class


Housing development in Oakland
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It’s not news that California is deeply entrenched in a housing crisis, for which the only solution is building more homes. Beyond even where that housing should be built, for whom they should be built is a common topic of argument. There’s no question that significant numbers of homes must be produced for very low- and low-income residents. And the construction of so-called “luxury” housing helps to relieve market pressure for moderate-income Californians. But what about building new homes for that population? Without the guarantee of subsidies or financing like affordable housing tax credits or income from sky-high rents, how can middle-income home construction actually pencil out? Join us to learn what it takes to build for middle-income households, and how mixed-income developments, which provide housing opportunities for residents across the wealth spectrum, can serve to address all of these needs in one fell swoop.

+ Fei Tsen / Windflower Properties
+ Riaz Taplin / Riaz Capital
+ Julie Mahowald / Housing Trust Silicon Valley


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