Colorful residential row houses of San Francisco with a view of downtown San Francisco skyscrapers in the distance.

California’s sky high housing costs have made it onto this year’s ballot: The state is asking voters to consider a bond that would allow $4 billion to be used on affordable housing. The money would be used to build more apartments near urban areas and public transit.

CALmatters’ Byrhonda Lyons and Felicia Mello break down the ballot measure and give the arguments for and against the proposition.

Learn more about Prop. 1 and the rest of the ballot measures with the CALmatters interactive prop game, or take a deeper dive into state elections with our voter guide.

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Felicia Mello edits CalMatters' College Journalism Network, a collaboration with student journalists across California to cover higher education from the ground up. Her reporting on affordability, equity...

Byrhonda Lyons is a national award-winning video journalist for CalMatters. She creates compelling multimedia stories about how California policy affects people’s everyday lives. From the state’s mental...