“It’s important for Sonoma County to be able to support the most vulnerable among us, as well as be able to house the agricultural and hospitality industry workers so vital to the local economy,” said Amie Fishman, NPH’s Executive Director.
NPH’s work across the region provides a unique perspective on the needs and opportunities facing Sonoma County, and Fishman noted that new trends seen across the region were promising.
“It’s a turning tide,” said Fishman, observing new urgency for action on the issue, as seen in both Bay Area and national polling. “And it’s not just polling – we saw in last November’s election that, when given the chance, voters come out strongly in support for affordable housing.”
It’s clearly made a difference. Lawmakers in Sacramento are talking about affordable housing more seriously than ever; this session, lawmakers have introduced more than 130 bills related to affordable housing. Those state bills include new funding opportunities, which could help restore the funding cuts seen in Sonoma County, including Senate Bill 2 (Atkins) and Assembly Bill 71 (Chiu) to create new, local affordable homes.”
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