Housing Policy Forum Series – Fall 2021

A Rundown of Federal and State Funding and Legislation


Housing Policy Forum Series Banner

SCAG’s Commitment to Southern California’s Housing Crisis

With support from the State’s Regional Early Action Planning (REAP) grant program and to support the region’s efforts in response to recent state investments in planning to accelerate housing production and meet the goals of the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA), SCAG has developed a series of trainings that will support elected officials, advocates, and interested stakeholders in moving forward a pro-housing development agenda.

The SCAG Housing Policy Forum Series offers an opportunity for emerging and established leaders to engage in shared learning about housing policy issues and trends while identifying opportunities for cross-sector collaboration and innovation. This initiative seeks to educate policymakers and thought leaders on best practice solutions to support coalition building and equitable housing development.

Future forums, to be held in Winter, Spring, and Summer/Fall 2022, will focus on regional and local planning, housing finance, and other pro-housing topics. Housing Policy Forums will be held in two-hour virtual sessions during business hours.

Fall 2021 Housing Policy Forum: A Rundown of Federal and State Funding and Legislation

We are kicking off a quarterly forum series with a rundown of the challenges, opportunities, and trends in current federal and state housing legislation in Southern California. Get ahead of the curve in understanding  how to leverage recent changes in state laws and funding sources  to meet local and regional housing needs.

Date: Nov. 1, 2021
Time: Noon – 2 p.m.


Join this virtual forum to get the inside view on federal housing legislation during a special panel conversation with policy leaders as they discuss where we are now, what it means, and what is to come.

Jennifer LeSar Ann Oliva Mike Kingsella
Jennifer LeSar, Moderator
Founder & CEO, Global Policy Leadership Academy and LeSar Development Consultants
Ann Oliva
Vice President for Housing Policy, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Mike Kingsella
Executive Director, Up for Growth

The event will also feature a review of current state legislation, policy trends, and a forecast of issues to watch in 2022. Form participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn how federal housing legislation aligns with state and regional goals to meet housing needs.
  • Discuss key themes and current trends in state housing policies and potential impacts.
  • Engage with interactive tools to provide input on housing policy priorities.

Who Should Attend a Housing Policy Forum?

  • Public agency staff from any departments and divisions (e.g., housing, planning, community and human services, parks and recreation, economic development, public works, public safety, public health, and more)
  • Elected officials
  • Planning commissioners
  • Housing and tenant rights advocates
  • Housing developers (building market rate, workforce, and affordable products for both rental and homeownership)
  • Education, healthcare, and social services professionals
  • Transit, climate and environment, and parks advocates
  • Labor organizations
  • Employers and anchor institutions

Get Involved



If you have questions about the Housing Policy Forum Series, please contact Ma’Ayn Johnson at johnson@scag.ca.gov or (213) 236-1975.