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Menlo Park Settles Housing Element Lawsuit

In 2012, as part of a coalition effort, Urban Habitat partnered with Public Advocates to settle a lawsuit with the City of Menlo Park. The City had failed to  update its legally-mandated Housing Element since 1992 or to accommodate its share of the Bay Area’s affordable housing needs. 

Key outcomes from the settlement included:

  • Adoption of an affordable housing plan by early 2013.
  • Rezoning sites in and around downtown to promote the development of affordable housing near jobs and transit.
  • Provision of local funding for nonprofit housing developers.