Addressing California’s Housing Shortage: Lessons from Massachusetts Chapter 40B

California, particularly in its coastal cities, is facing a housing affordability crisis. Median rents across the state have increased 24 percent since 2000, while at the same time median renter household incomes have declined 7 percent. While multiple factors contribute to these rising rents, it is clear that supply matters, and there is an urgent need to expand supply in equitable and environmentally sustainable ways.

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