On February 14, 2018, NPH Executive Director Amie Fishman and Mission Housing Executive Director Sam Moss sat down with “Your Call,” a current affairs program on KALW public radio, to discuss the state of affordable housing and how to move forward in light of recent federal cuts.
Rose Aguilar: “Amie, what else would you add to the overall picture [of affordable housing in the Bay Area]?”
Amie Fishman of NPH: “I would like to say that numbers and statistics are so critical to understanding where we are today, but to talk about what this means in human terms is so critical. You have hundreds of thousands of people struggling to make ends meet, struggling to keep a roof over their head, making difficult choices about whether to pay the phone bill, keep the lights on, put food on the table, or pay rent. That is just not a way to run the sixth largest economy in the world. And, in fact, in our nation, we are also facing a crisis of critical proportions and the human cost is enormous. If somebody is ill, they cannot get well if they don’t have a safe and stable and affordable home. If you’re a kid and you’re doing your homework, it’s really hard to excel in school with your schoolwork if you don’t have a stable place to live. If you’re an employer and you’re trying to hire talent, but your employees can’t find afford to live near where the jobs is. In all ways, housing underpins our economy and society and it is the human terms and human costs that are so critical today”
Listen to the whole thing over here via KALW.