The Bay Area Housing Finance Authority (BAHFA) is a shared initiative of ABAG and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, in partnership with cities and counties, to step up efforts to address the Bay Area’s chronic housing affordability challenges. MTC and ABAG have committed to expanding the agencies’ regional housing portfolio and BAHFA represents a key financial pillar of these efforts.
What is BAHFA?
The Bay Area Housing Finance Authority was established by AB 1487 (2019, Chiu) and will offer a powerful new set of financing and policy tools to promote housing affordability and address the region’s housing crisis. MTC and ABAG policymakers collaborated closely during the legislative process to establish BAHFA, including its unique joint governance structure that requires a double green-light process to obtain policy and programming approvals from both the BAHFA Board (composed of the same board as MTC) and the ABAG Executive Board.
A part of the Bay Area’s expanded regional housing portfolio toolbox, BAHFA aims to develop a comprehensive regional strategy for helping local governments tackle the housing crisis on a larger scale by transcending city and county boundaries. The Bay Area’s nine counties and 101 cities and towns currently address most housing issues individually, and often with limited staff and financial resources. BAHFA will enable the close collaboration, coordination, regional thinking and decisive action necessary to address our housing challenges. This bird’s-eye-view of the crisis will enable development of strategies that preserve existing housing units, prevent displacement of current residents and promote the construction of new units.
Strategic “3Ps” Framework
BAHFA, and the expanded regional housing portfolio, is rooted in the “3Ps” framework that comprehensively addresses the housing crisis through a combination of production, preservation and protection. Specifically:
- Production of rental housing for lower-income households (at or below 80% of the area median income or AMI)
- Preservation of affordable housing for low-or moderate-income households (up to 120% of AMI)
- Protecting tenants from displacement and preventing homelessness
One of the key features of BAHFA is its ability to raise significant new funding for the “3 Ps” through a regional revenue ballot measure.
ABAG Housing Committee
A new Housing Committee will supplement 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 will work closely with MTC and BAHFA as a part of the expanded regional housing portfolio.
BAHFA Staff Contact
For more information, contact Daniel Saver, Assistant Director, Housing and Local Planning at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AB 1487 requires BAHFA and ABAG to form a nine-member public advisory committee to provide input on funding guidelines and overall program implementation. The Interim Advisory Committee Members are: