How effective has Fontana been in addressing the housing crisis?
Mayor Acquanetta Warren provided an update on the issue during a symposium which was held in the city on Dec. 3.
Warren was one of the panelists in a discussion entitled "Enabling Home Affordability in California Cities" which took place at the Gardens at Sierra.
Here is what Warren said Fontana is doing to enable housing production and home affordability for moderate- and lower-income households:
• The city expanded affordable housing through new construction of about 500 units over the last 10 years, with 60 units beginning construction in the spring of 2020 and future developments being considered.
• The city has utilized its Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) funds to purchase, rehab, rent, or resell a total of 47 single-family homes to moderate- and lower-income families.
• The city's Housing Rehabilitation Program offers grants and no-interest loans for the preservation and upgrade of Fontana’s housing stock. These grants and loans allow residents to cut energy costs and increase livability within the current housing stock.
• The city has an inclusionary zoning ordinance in which new residential and commercial developments are required to include affordable units or pay in-lieu fees.
Other panelists in the symposium, which was coordinated by the Urban Land Institute (ULI), were moderator Steve Pontell, CEO and president of National CORE; former Mayor Bill Jahn of Big Bear Lake; Mayor Mayor John Dutrey of Montclair; and Mayor John Valdivia of San Bernardino.
The meeting resulted in a commitment by the participants to identify future opportunities for regional collaboration.