SPUR Submits Comments on Oakland’s Draft Housing Element

Advocacy Letter

On May 12, 2022, Oakland's draft General Plan Housing Element was published for public review, which outlines the strategies Oakland will execute over the next eight years in order to achieve the city’s housing goals. SPUR submitted a letter on the Draft Housing Element where we offered the following recommendations: 1) The Housing Element should take stronger steps to affirmatively furthering fair housing. 2) The Housing Element should identify concrete strategies to build more community infrastructure in low-income communities in order to make affordable housing in those neighborhoods more equitable. 3) The Housing Element should clarify where upzoning is being contemplated. 4) State housing agencies should prioritize numerous important goals – including funding affordable housing near transit and stabilizing neighborhoods at risk of displacement – when determining where to allocate affordable housing funds.