BAHFA - Bay Area Housing Finance Authority
The Bay Area Housing Finance Authority (BAHFA) is a first-of-its-kind regional authority created to address the Bay Area’s chronic housing challenges. Established by the state Legislature in 2019, BAHFA works together with ABAG and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) to implement its mandate.
Please visit the MTC website for the most up to date details about BAHFA's programs and the BAHFA Business Plan.
The 3Ps Framework - Solutions to the Housing Crisis
BAHFA’s focus is rooted in the 3Ps framework. Specifically:
- Protection for current residents to avoid displacement
- Preservation of existing housing affordable to lower- and middle-income residents
- Production of new housing at all income levels, especially affordable housing
The goal of this framework is to make sure housing is available for all Bay Area residents, no matter their income.
Collaborating Across Counties & Cities
Currently, the Bay Area’s nine counties and 101 cities and towns address most housing issues individually, and often with limited staff and financial resources.
BAHFA instead encourages coordination, regional thinking, and working together to tackle the housing crisis on a larger scale — because together, we can do more.
The BAHFA Board (which is comprised of the same members as the MTC Commission) and the ABAG Executive Board share governing responsibilities for BAHFA. In addition, a nine-member Advisory Committee provides consultation to BAHFA and the ABAG Executive Board to assist their decision-making.
The BAHFA Board is comprised of the same membership as the MTC Commission.
BAHFA Oversight Committee
Learn more about the BAHFA Oversight Committee.
BAHFA Advisory Committee
As required by AB 1487, BAHFA’s nine-member Advisory Committee is comprised of members with expertise in affordable housing finance, production, preservation and/or tenant protections. See the list of Advisory Committee members on the MTC website.
Kate Hartley, BAHFA Director
Phone: (415) 778-6679
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ABAG Housing Committee
The Housing Committee supplements ABAG’s housing planning work, strengthen its leadership role on Bay Area housing issues and advise the Executive Board on a variety of housing programs and policies, including those to reduce homelessness. The ABAG Housing Committee works closely with MTC and BAHFA as a part of the expanded regional housing portfolio.