1. Adopt an inclusionary housing policy that requires all housing development projects to have 15% of units as affordable while specifically dedicating 5% for extremely low- income, 5% for very low-income and 5% for low-income residents.
(Video: Inclusionary Housing Explained)
2. Proactively develop relationships with non-profit housing developers. Such a partnership could yield millions of dollars in matching funds from state and federal housing funds and specialty mortgages for building affordable housing for extremely low, very low, and low- income. These specialty builders can work alone or with market rate builders, enabling a faster, more cost-effective outcome.
A). Today’s non-profit developers have honed their abilities to build attractive, quality housing cost effectively for low wage workers and their families. These affordable communities are very different from the low-income housing erected 30-60 years ago!
B). Some examples of affordable housing developments in Orange County:
1. Jamboree : https://www.jamboreehousing.com/blogs/affordable-housing-developer-partner
2. National CORE OC sites: https://nationalcore.org/portfolio/california-communities/orange-county-ca/
3. Mercy Housing sites: https://www.mercyhousing.org/california/linbrook-court/
4. Mary Erikson Community Housing: https://www.maryerickson.org/
5. Innovative Housing Opportunities: https://www.innovativehousing.com/
3. Ease Governmental constraints for developers who build inclusionary housing scaled upward with increased very low and extremely low affordable units.
A). Streamlined Procedural Incentives: Emphasize processes/procedures like the consolidation of applications to one hearing, fast-tracking of design, and review and inspections with priority processing and scheduling for interim inspections.
B). Reduction in Development Standards: Offer a reduction in setback and square footage requirements and in the ratio of required vehicle parking.
4. Fiscal Incentives: Emphasize, promote, and encourage the use of incentives available to those developers that include affordable housing. Typical incentives include waivers or reductions in fees, low interest loans or subsidies, and financial or mortgage assistance for acquisition of property.
5. Adopt an Adaptive Reuse Ordinance such as the one used by the city of Santa Ana that streamlines the regulatory process for converting non-residential buildings into affordable housing- but target it for very low and extremely low income housing. This ordinance applied in the building of the Santa Ana Arts Collective.
6. Adopt an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) affordability program that incentivizes owners to create very low income units such as the LA Mas Backyard Homes Project: An Affordable Housing Initiative, Santa Cruz County’s ADU Forgivable Loan Program or Monterey Bay My House My Home A Partnership for Aging in Place.
7. Streamline the approval of, and provide financing for, the conversion of motels/hotels to affordable and permanent supportive housing.
8. Address the need for temporary emergency housing (as required by SB2) by providing vouchers to motels/hotels (versus congregate care settings which are less safe and also more expensive).
9. These additional resources may be useful in updating your programs and approaches. Both are available online:
A).“Meeting California’s Housing Needs: Best Practices for Inclusionary Housing.” 
B). “Designing Affordability: Innovative Strategies for Meeting the Affordability Gap Between Low Income Subsidy and the Market in High Cost Areas.” 
C). A New Approach to the Housing Element Update - UCLA Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies