By Murtaza Baxamusa / San Diego UrbDeZine
These are interesting times in the housing world. The unprecedented housing crisis statewide in California, and locally in San Diego, is forging unprecedented coalitions among affordable housing advocates, community-based organizations, labor unions and environmentalists.
These coalitions are galvanizing in response to the demand from their members to put all options on the table to tackle this crisis that is taking a significant toll on all of us.
We may not all be housing policy experts, but we are experts in the housing situation that we face on a daily basis. We struggle with rising housing costs, tenant displacement, substandard quality stock, longer commutes, poverty-wage jobs and flat family incomes. And we are skeptical of the establishment players and institutions that have done little to address the build-up of this crisis over the past decade. [Read more…]