THE CRISIS IS AFFECTING THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY
We are seeing businesses struggling more than ever to attract and retain employees, families moving out of the region, traffic worsening with longer commutes, and youth and retirees unable to remain when transitioning to the next stages of their lives. The lack of housing increases economic inequality and homelessness and decreases diversity.
THE SOLUTION IS THE RIGHT TYPE OF SUPPLY
Between a small amount of government subsidized construction and market rate developers building high-end for-sale units is a wide gulf in which we have built very little. Demand has only increased gradually - since 1990 our region's population has been increasing well under 1% per year. The solution is within our reach: building several thousand units of lower-cost, high density, high quality units, mostly for rent, in downtowns and other central locations. Building affordable housing near jobs for those who already live and work here is achievable and essential for our community’s future.
“As workers get pushed further and further from job centers, excessively long commutes pull them away from time with their families, increase strains on mental health and happiness, and contribute to further greenhouse gas emissions.”
- WHITE HOUSE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT TOOLKIT, SEPTEMBER 2016