Tuesday, February 10, 2015

County affordable housing monies going to other cities

"Poor city" doesn't get affordable housing monies.
No projects, didn't try? Thanks again for nothing, NIMBIES!

The Daily Journal (San Mateo County), Bill Silverfarb, 2/9/15.  "San Mateo County set to give $4.5M for housing."

"Four affordable housing projects will get a $4.5 million boost if the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors approves the expenditure at its Tuesday meeting. The board will consider funding three affordable rental housing developments and one affordable homeownership development for a total of about 170 new units to be constructed in a partnership with nonprofit builders.

....  The county received funding requests for $8.5 million in affordable housing projects. It rejected, however, a senior apartment complex proposed to be built in Menlo Park by MidPen Housing because it is too large to compete successfully for a March deadline for a round of tax credits, according to a report by county Department of Housing Executive Director William Lowell.  ....  The county received about $13.5 million to fund the construction of affordable housing of the state dissolved redevelopment agencies. That money will eventually lead to the construction of about 600 new housing units, he said."   Read article.

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Posted by Kathy Meeh


Anonymous said...

When it comes to affordable housing all kinds of folk find their inner nimby. Realtors, potential neighbors, investors. It was just the slightest rumor for the Old Oddstad School site... not in my 'hood, not my property values, oh the traffic, the traffic. Thanks, nimbies, indeed!

Anonymous said...

"Affordable Housing" isn't what many think these days. It's housing that allows our teachers, service workers, and others that support the community to live in the community. There are great looking projects developed by Mid-Pen Housing and Mercy Housing.

Anonymous said...

They're already living here but let's forget that for a moment. Anything labeled "affordable housing" will generally get the cold shoulder from property owners. It doesn't matter that it isn't the same as "low income housing" or that proponents link it to teachers and uniformed public employees. For most people their home is their major asset and "affordable housing" isn't seen as a plus for property values. It's not nice, but it's human nature.

Punchdub said...

Really, where are they living? A teacher making $44,000 a year can't afford to live in the area. Rent starts at $1500 for a studio. As older teachers retire you'll not be attracting new teachers unless they are married to wealthy spouses.

Anonymous said...

1243 Two that I know of on my little Linda Mar Street. One in her 30s bought last year and the other late 40s has been here for maybe a decade. And one more retired. All own/buying their homes. They're married to another teacher, a waiter and a retired deputy sheriff. I don't know more about their personal finances but I don't think this street has a unique demographic for Pacifica. I do think it takes a dual income household, or the equivalent income, to buy a home these days. And the term "affordable housing" is a tough sell in any established neighborhood.