The State of California is experiencing a housing crisis that impacts virtually every component of our local communities from low-income families, seniors, and students who are housing cost burdened to major businesses seeking to recruit and retain qualified members of the workforce. The crisis is well documented, and has been compounded by the coronavirus pandemic, evidence for which is outlined in our COVID-19 Housing Reponse
Though there is no single cause for our severe lack of affordable housing, there are numerous solution strategies. In 2018, MBEP partnered with Envision Housing to publish a Housing Policy White Paper
, outlining the primary drivers of the problem as well as nine realistic policy changes that could improve affordability in the Monterey Bay Region. We also created a corresponding “Housing Scorecard” that allows local governments to assess their progress on each of these measures.
The Housing Team also works to build, educate, and empower a broad coalition of community members, local employer, and organizations who will advocate for housing of all types and income levels in the region. You too can be a part of this regional force.
MBEP and the Monterey Bay Community need you
to be an advocate for more housing at the local, state and/or federal level.
We invite you to learn more about proposed policies, projects, and programs that aim to improve housing conditions and take action today through the MBEP Action Center. If you are interested in bringing our customizable “Housing 101” or “Housing 201” curriculum to your community, please contact Director, Housing and Community Development, Gabriel Sanders, at email@example.com