Source: The Sacramento Bee

Affordable housing is a pressing issue for many California families. Although low incomes and insufficient federal subsidies are somewhat to blame, so is the inadequate level of new housing construction, said Paavo Monkkonen, associate professor of urban planning at UCLA. On Dec. 1, Monkkonen was presented with a UCCS white paper award sponsored by C.A.R’s Center for California Real Estate (CCRE) on housing affordability.

Lack of supply results from local opposition to new construction, especially when it increases density. State government could address the problem by enhancing and enforcing current laws, increasing participation in the planning process and shifting some planning decisions to regional or state levels, Monkkonen said in a special piece to the Bee.

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