Santa Cruz Sentinel: It’s time to refocus on housing

Santa Cruz Sentinel: It’s time to refocus on housing

“Many in our community are deeply concerned about the lack of affordable housing for local families, seniors, workers and people experiencing homelessness.

According to a very recent poll commissioned by the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California, nine out of 10 Santa Cruz County residents agreed that they are concerned about local workers, low income residents and disadvantaged families being able to find an affordable place to live in our county.

Hard-working people, like teachers, first responders, service workers and farmworkers, are struggling to find an affordable place to live. Rents have risen astronomically and the purchase of a home is out of reach for the vast majority of county residents. New reports show Santa Cruz County has become one of the least affordable places to live in the United States and has the second highest poverty rate in the state. More and more families have become homeless…

A core value in our community is the notion that Santa Cruz County is a place working families can call home. It’s time to refocus on our values by creating more affordable housing options and opportunities for our families today and generations of tomorrow.”

 

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Alina Harway