About the Toolkit

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The Institute for Local Government (ILG) is proud to partner with Department of Housing and Community Development, the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research and PlaceWorks, as part of the SB2 Technical Assistance team.

Through this work, ILG is helping local governments understand the funding and opportunities available to help facilitate housing in their communities through thoughtful planning and policies. In this work, ILG has learned about the complex struggles local governments face when trying to bring affordable housing options to their residents.

ILG created this toolkit to help communities engage in authentic discussions to address barriers and to think creatively about housing as a way to ensure that all of California’s residents can thrive. It provides a common language, understanding of barriers and roles and a structured framework to build a different community engagement approach.

This toolkit promotes the user to think through a series of considerations laid out through the TIERS (Think, Initiate, Engage, Review and Shift) Framework. ILG hopes this will result in a public engagement approach and outcome that most closely matches the goals, timeline, resources and constraints of individual communities throughout the state.  

ILG would like to thank the following organizations for contributing to and reviewing the toolkit:

  • League of California Cities (LCC)
  • California State Association of Counties (CSAC)
  • California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD)
  • Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR)
  • Self Help Enterprises
  • Placeworks
  • Best Best & Krieger