By Clare Crawford| October 31, 2013 |
I wanted to make sure you received the San Diego Housing Federation’s email regarding the Workforce Housing Offset (WHO). Paid by commercial developers, the offset is used to build homes for low-wage workers. In a stagnant economy where many good jobs have been replaced with low-paid work this offset makes housing more attainable in a region where there is a severe shortage of affordable homes.
Please join me in supporting the San Diego Housing Federation’s proposal to protect and restore this important investment in San Diego’s working families. Read the email below and call your Councilmember to support housing that is affordable to its workforce.
From: Laura Nunn [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 12:25 PM
To: Clare Crawford
Subject: WHO Days of Action: Day 2 – Call in support
Just six days from now, the San Diego City Council will vote on proposed changes to the Workforce Housing Offset.
The time to restore the city’s investment in the creation and preservation of affordable housing for its workforce is NOW.
In its 23-year history, the Workforce Housing Offset has once been cut in half and never adjusted for the rise of costs. San Diegans have lost out on hundreds of affordable homes and millions of dollars in investment.
After too many years of waiting, our city’s working families and their advocates, will wait no more.
Today is Day 2 of our “5 Days of Action” to call on the San Diego City Council to:
Find your Councilmember online: http://www.sandiego.gov/citycouncil/
|Todd Gloria, District 3Interim Mayor & Council PresidentTelephone: (619) 236-6633||Sherri Lightner, District 1
Council President Pro TemTelephone: (619) 236-6611
|Kevin Faulconer, District 2
CouncilmemberTelephone: (619) 236-6622
|Lorie Zapf, District 6
CouncilmemberTelephone: (619) 236-6616
|Mark Kersey, District 5
CouncilmemberTelephone: (619) 236-6655
|Myrtle Cole, District 4
CouncilmemberTelephone: (619) 236-6644
|Scott Sherman, District 7
CouncilmemberTelephone: (619) 236-6677
|David Alvarez, District 8
CouncilmemberTelephone: (619) 236-6688
|Marti Emerald, District 9
CouncilmemberTelephone: (619) 236-6699
ACTION CENTER & RESOURCES
WHY SUPPORT THE WORKFORCE HOUSING OFFSET?
The need for a local source to promote the creation and preservation of affordable housing for our working families is critical and intensifying.
Nearly 125,000 residents live at or below the federal poverty level despite being employed. And while over years development of housing stock for middle to high-income earners has kept a steady pace, only 11% of residential development has generated units affordable to those earning low wages.
The Workforce Housing Offset restores investment in housing that is affordable to people who are important contributors to our region’s economic prosperity.
While everyone’s cost of living and doing business steadily rises, San Diego continues to charge less than mid-1990s prices for a 2013 cost. The Workforce Housing Offset was cut in half in 1996 and has never been adjusted for current costs.
The Workforce Housing Offset generates millions of dollars of outside investments in San Diego and helps add jobs to our local economy.
Every dollar spent from the Housing Trust Fund San Diego sees $30 come back in the form of outside and private investment. Each new affordable unit created generates 2.1 jobs San Diego’s economy.
Thanks for your support of San Diego’s working families!