Excitement, concern, and nearly 100 housing advocates filled the room on March 17 as Alameda County Supervisors hosted the first stakeholder meeting on a proposed $500 million bond for affordable homes, proposed for this November’s ballot.
Supervisors Wilma Chan and Nate Miley spoke to the urgent need for greater affordability. Supervisors Keith Carson, Richard Valle and Scott Haggerty supported advancing the proposal toward a June 14 vote at an earlier meeting.
NPH, EBHO, and our members gave voice to the need for more affordable homes, and shared the importance of re-investment. County Housing Director Linda Gardner talked about the 89% reduction in state and federal funding, and how a housing bond could help seniors, veterans, families with children and people facing homelessness. You will find more information on their website.
Many representatives from affiliated housing organizations joined small group discussions to share strategies for affordability and accessibility.
The Supervisors will call a series of town hall meetings in each District in May. NPH will keep housing advocates updated about next steps! Contact political director Sharon Cornu, email@example.com, with questions.