All of our institutions need to partner in advocating low
income housing. Work force housing in a service economy
needs to be affordable. Too many workers work two jobs and
pay over 50% of the family income for housing costs.
2. Service organizations need to address the housing crisis
as well as feeding the homeless. The national food banks
have a bare cup board and the food stamp program was recently
cut by $30 billion.
3. Industry needs to shoulder the responsibility for their
low paid workers by paying into the low income housing trust
fund (like big box stores).
4. The county/cities housing elements needs teeth to revitalize
the economy with a work force that has adequate income to
5. Bank and mortgage companies need to structure lease-to-own
programs to enable a first step towards home ownership.
6. Construction supply companies that have enjoyed the single
family housing boom need to give building materials in exchange
for tax credits.
7. Local chambers, economic vitality coporations, and other
business and builder/develoepr organizations need to step
8. The next generation needs affordable housing so every
parent needs to be an advocate.
9. School districts need to take a stand on affordable housing
for their clients.
10. While the state Housing Commission Development division
has issued a statement, the governor and state legislators
must take a stronger leadership role.
All of these parties need to come together and participate
in a low income housing summit.