It isn’t getting any easier to build affordable housing in California. But the need for it is continuing to grow all the same.
Cities across Sonoma County have done an admirable job of meeting their goals for creating affordable housing, as specified in the Housing Elements of their respective General Plans, Diane Spaulding (left) told the Sonoma County Housing Coalition on Monday. But a close examination of those housing numbers reveals that, even with good intentions and political will, building units for low and very low income families remains difficult.
Finding funding for affordable housing in the California budget will be especially challenging this year, but the demand for it is continuing to grow. In a “new normal” world, Spaulding suggests, the solution may lie in creating ways to mesh the housing need with other social goals.
Diane Spaulding is the Executive Director of the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California. She spoke at the kickoff breakfast Monday for the Sonoma County Housing Coalition's annual Affordable Housing Week. See the full list of Affordable Housing Week activities here. You can read the Coalition's annual Housing Progress Report for 2009 here.