Social Housing in Vienna: A Model for California?

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California’s housing affordability crisis has compelled policymakers to look at unconventional ways to boost housing production across the state. Vienna has a rich tradition of building social housing — government-supported, mixed-income, rent-restricted housing — for a large portion of its residents. A recent study trip to Vienna helped demonstrate how social housing is financed, built and maintained. Hear from Bay Area housing experts who participated in this trip on how social housing works in Vienna and what lessons can be learned and applied here in California to help create more housing affordability.

  • Helmi Hisserich / Global Policy Leadership Academy

  • Carol Galante / Terner Center for Housing Innovation

  • Ruby Bolaria Shifrin / Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

  • Daniel Adams / San Francisco's Mayor's Office




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