At the Association of Community Services’ candidates’ forum this morning, we were asked to pick one of four questions provided in advance to answer, to start. I picked the one on affordable housing:
The lack of access to affordable housing is among the most significant issues impacting the populations that County government and nonprofits serve. Among the approaches that have been identified as opportunities to increase the number of housing units available to low income, disabled and senior populations are:
· Working toward the sustained inclusion of $20 million in the County budget to support affordable housing.
· Revising the Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance (APFO) to support and protect affordable housing and encourage responsible growth.
· Updating and revitalizing the Moderate-Income Housing Unit (MIHU) program, including its applicability to all areas of the County, to ensure the Program’s relevance and utility as an effective tool to help respond to current day County housing needs.
· Ensuring that the County prioritizes affordable housing in land disposition and development decisions, including incorporating affordable housing as part of county building projects.
Why, or why would you not, support these strategies? Do you have other strategies that you plan to initiate as a Council member?