Blind to the Housing Crisis

22 Jun

When Jesus proclaimed his mission, he said that he had come to “preach good news to the poor” and “sight to the blind” ( Luke 4:18). As this LA Times editorial makes clear, in order to address our state’s housing crisis, cities need to zone for enough housing to meet the needs of all its residents, not just high end and single-family residents. Unfortunately, the California Assn. of Governments seems to be blind to this crisis. We need to help our elected officials see the dire effects of unaffordable housing and increasing homelessness, so that cities can do something about this growing crisis. –Anthony

Southern California is mired in a housing affordability and homelessness crisis that is undermining the region’s quality of life and threatening its economic prosperity. But local elected leaders apparently haven’t gotten the memo or simply don’t care.

How else to explain a recent vote by the board of the Southern California Assn. of Governments, which is composed of city and county elected officials from across the region, that vastly underestimates the number of homes needed to ease the existing shortage and to house the next generation of Californians.

https://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-fair-share-housing-scag-20190621-story.html

 

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