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Housing Killers & Creators

The California Building Industry Association has released our fifth annual installment of Housing Killers and Creators, a list of bills moving through the California legislative process that, if approved, would impact California’s housing crisis.

Bills on the Housing Killers list would make the housing crisis worse by increasing cost, time, and hurdles to build homes in the state.

Bills on the Housing Creators list reduce barriers to home construction or help address the need for more houses in California.

The purpose of CBIA’s Housing Killers and Housing Creators list is to highlight legislative efforts related to California’s housing crisis that should be dropped, improved, or championed.


What the COVID-19 crisis has shown is that the greatest threat to housing production continues to be the extreme and burdensome regulatory environment in California.

CBIA expanded its annual Housing Creators and Housing Killers list to include regulations.

Regulatory issues like Waters of the State (WOTS) and a number of species management challenges are making it harder to produce the homes needed in California to address the state’s housing crisis.

New Vapor Intrusion Guidance proposed by CalEPA will severely impact California housing affordability and availability by subjecting projects throughout the state to unrealistically low soil and ground water cleanup levels compared to current practices (which are already the most stringent in the nation), thereby making commercial and residential development – especially infill type projects - cost prohibitive.

Action Needed:   CalEPA needs to revise the VI Guidance document based on the Department of Toxic Substance Control’s own Vapor Intrusion Attenuation Factor Study aimed at developing a California-based attenuation factor using California data.

To meet projected demand, California needs to produce 180,000 new homes annually. However, home production has averaged less than 80,000 new homes annually over the last 10 years, and ongoing production continues to fall far below the projected need.


Homeownership stabilizes communities, provides access to education, and access to employment opportunities. Research shows affordable housing reduces stress, toxins, and infectious disease, which leads to improvement in both physical and mental health.

Owning a home is also one of the most effective ways that Americans build wealth, which can be passed down from generation to generation. Yet, homeownership rates are at their lowest in California since the 1940s, and inequities in homeownership have increased, while California’s housing crisis grows worse.

Housing production of all kinds is needed to address equity in homeownership, is essential to the health of Californians, and is necessary for the state’s economic recovery. California’s homebuilders want to address the need for more houses.

Let us do what we can to address the housing crisis and produce the homes that California families need.

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Suspending these Regulations Is Critical for California to Meet its Housing Goals


Based on feedback from our builders around the state, in January 2020 we compiled a series of legislative proposals aimed at relieving the state’s ever-growing housing affordability crisis. Read more here.

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