Speak out about affordable action this month!

9 Jul

This month is your last chance to weigh in on Pasadena’s Housing Element, an eight-year plan required by the state to ensure that Pasadena plans for sufficient affordable housing to meet the needs of its residents, especially those who are low-income or unhoused. 

Making Housing and Community Happen supports a menu of policies, but we are supporting one in particular this month: allowing congregations to have affordable housing built on their land. We want to see this agendized and passed as soon as possible

You can look through this menu of affordable housing policies supported by the Pasadena Affordable Housing Coalition and choose one that appeals to you. 

Please include all or part of the letter below and send it to the city clerk and council members at these email addresses to ensure they receive and read your thoughts:

correspondence@cityofpasadena.net, vgordo@cityofpasadena.net, awilson@cityofpasadena.net, jerivas@cityofpasadena.net, gmasuda@cityofpasadena.net, fwilliams@cityofpasadena.net, smadison@cityofpasadena.net, johnjkennedy@cityofpasadena.net, thampton@cityofpasadena.net,

Also please bcc me at anthony@makinghousinghappen.org so I can count how many letters are sent. Our goal is 100 by the end of this month. 

Dear Mayor Gordo and City Council members, 

My name is ________________ and I am a member of _______________________________.  (your church, club, or neighborhood association, etc..) I am speaking on Item 20, the Housing Element.
 
I am glad that the City is required by the state to plan for 5974 units of affordable housing over the next eight years. The need for affordable housing is critical.
 
[ Use one of the of the following as a prompt to create your own personal one-two sentence story:
 
·        My business cannot pay enough to cover my employee housing cost.
·        My aunt ??? left our city to due to the cost of housing and she baby sat for me creating a real hardship for us.
·        I have to take on extra work to cover the cost of housing, leaving less time for my family or church.
 
Continue with the following.]
 
I feel that that rezoning religious land for affordable housing is a great idea that has been needlessly delayed and should be put back on the agenda and approved as soon as possible. It should also be in the Housing Element as long this doesn’t delay its implementation.
 
A handful of churches across Pasadena are stepping up to offer their land for affordable housing, but they need the zoning to be changed so they can accomplish their vision. This zoning change will speed up the process of building the housing we need and will make the process considerably less expensive, making affordable housing dollars stretch further.  
 
New Life Holiness Church has already chosen an affordable housing development partner with hopes to build 52 units of affordable housing on their underutilized land. They plan to use the money from the ground lease to help struggling families pay their rent or mortgage…but they need the zoning changed to do this beautiful work!
 
[Your name and address/city, where you live or where you work or worship. ]

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