GUSC: “What does the Nov. 6 ballot have to do with parenting?”

GUSC: “What does the Nov. 6 ballot have to do with parenting?”

“As a parent, I’m increasingly concerned about the ability of vital and vulnerable community members to afford to stay in Santa Cruz County.

From local daycare providers to medical assistants, from grocery checkers to our teachers, the very people we depend on to help us raise healthy, happy children in Santa Cruz County are threatened by our housing costs.

As a nonprofit housing professional, I know stability has a profound impact on the development of children, with the ability to significantly improve health and educational outcomes. Just consider Paloma, 18, whose affordable home at MidPen Housing’s Sunny Meadows in Watsonville helped her become the first person in her family to graduate from high school and go to college. Stable housing allowed Paloma to thrive and Sunny Meadows’ onsite services, including the after school program, gave her the boost she needed to do well in school.

But Santa Cruz County doesn’t have enough affordable housing right now to meet the needs of our community…”

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Alina Harway