California Map Identifies State-Owned Sites for Potential Affordable Housing Development | Housing finance magazine

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An interactive map showing surplus state-owned real estate that can be used for new residential development has been developed by the California Department of General Services (DGS) and the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD).

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Governor Gavin Newsom ordered the map to be created as part of Executive Order N-06-19 released in January as part of his efforts to create more affordable housing in California.

Crown properties that were underutilized or “over-needed” were identified and then reviewed to determine which sites would be potentially suitable for affordable housing development. Selection tools included factors such as relative size, proximity to schools, transportation and amenities, and general location to determine which sites have the best chance of being successfully developed.

The resulting GIS map is searchable and interactive, showing each site identified in the inventory, with a “heat map” overlay indicating where housing is needed most in the state. Not all of the properties on the map will be expanded, they just show the properties that have potential, officials said.

There were around 100 sites on the map at the end of August, but that number will rise and fall as new properties are added or others are taken off the list, according to HCD.

In September, DGS, in consultation with HCD, will begin issuing requests for proposals to begin developing affordable housing at selected sites. Developing entities would receive a long-term land lease from the state and would build, own and manage the homes they develop, subject to state oversight.

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