Move to dissolve Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency fizzles. For now.

Housing advocates push the redevelopment fight to another day

The Sacramento Housing Alliance had all hands on deck last week when it caught wind that both the city and county of Sacramento were slated to consider dissolving the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency.

Last Thursday, SHA shot out a press release proclaiming in bright-red, bold font: “City and County Proposing to Dissolve SHRA Joint Power Authority (JPA) Next Tuesday, 6/18: URGENT ACTION NEEDED.”

A little dramatic? Maybe. But maybe not.

The news blindsided housing advocates, leaving many mystified that an attempt to shut down the region's central public agency for affordable housing could come at such short notice, with little room for discourse.

As expected, city and county representatives were inundated with calls to halt the action—as were newsrooms—forcing them to pull the item from both the city council and board of supervisors agendas.

It's a win for SHA and the still-kicking SHRA, but no one is spiking the ball just yet. “I do not think this issue is over yet,” said area housing advocate Barbara Stanton in an email.

Indeed, City Manager John Shirey and county executive Brad Hudson are no fans of SHRA, and even SHA reps admit that the agency could benefit from some “imagineering.” Keep an eye out for a robust round two in the near future.