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Recent headlines about California’s housing crisis fixated on a sensational story about a protected species, but unfortunately, they didn’t focus on the real elephant in the room – the millions of new homes that cities have planned and approved despite the many obstacles in their way. 

The real story, which feels like a well-guarded secret, is that day in and day out cities are approving new homes at all income levels. By the end of 2022, hundreds of local governments will have identified and planned for more than 2 million units of additional housing. And that is on top of the millions of homes that cities have already planned, zoned and approved in recent years.