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This summer MBEP, in partnership with our regional housing leaders and champions, co-hosted a series of Housing Element Workshops to demystify the Housing Element (Elemento de Vivienda en Español) and its intersection with climate and transportation, elevate the community engagement process, and kick off our region’s efforts toward achieving the 6th Cycle Housing Element goals.

We hope you were able to attend and enjoy a few of these events. There is great work being done in our community to create more affordable housing opportunities. And yet, there is still so much work that needs to be done to make the Monterey Bay Region a truly inclusive, thriving, just, diverse, culturally rich and sustainable community for all.

You can view video recordings and recaps of some of the events below. Stay tuned for our San Benito County Housing Element Workshop coming later this summer!

PAST EVENTS

May 12Housing Santa Cruz County
“Housing for a Healthy Watsonville” Community Forum

 

Hosted by Housing Santa Cruz County in collaboration with Pajaro Valley Prevention and Student Assistance, Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County, Community Bridges, Monterey Bay Economic Partnership, and the Community Health Trust of Pajaro Valley, the “Housing for a Healthy Watsonville” event featured numerous presentations on affordable housing issues faced in South County, as well as an exploration of where affordable housing can be located. This event also took a look at needs, challenges and opportunities to create affordable homes for the residents of the Watsonville area. Approximately 30 community members were in attendance, as well as City of Watsonville Mayor Ari Parker and City of Watsonville Councilmember Lowell Hurst. 

May 14 | Affordable Housing NOW
San Lorenzo Valley/Scotts Valley Housing Element 101

 

Hosted by Housing Santa Cruz County in collaboration with Pajaro Valley Prevention and Student Assistance, Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County, Community Bridges, Monterey Bay Economic Partnership, and the Community Health Trust of Pajaro Valley, the “Housing for a Healthy Watsonville” event featured numerous presentations on affordable housing issues faced in South County, as well as an exploration of where affordable housing can be located. This event also took a look at needs, challenges and opportunities to create affordable homes for the residents of the Watsonville area. Approximately 30 community members were in attendance, as well as City of Watsonville Mayor Ari Parker and City of Watsonville Councilmember Lowell Hurst. 

May 18 | Santa Cruz YIMBYThe Plan For More Affordable Housing: Influencing the Housing Element Process

 

Hosted by Santa Cruz YIMBY in collaboration with Housing Santa Cruz County, Housing Matters, Monterey Bay Economic Partnership, and MidPen Housing, the “Plan for More Affordable Housing: Influencing the Housing Element Process” event featured an overview of how community members can influence the Housing Element process to address the injustices of housing policies and decisions, as well as ensuring that: 1) affordable housing be built in high-resource neighborhoods, 2) displacement is avoided in lower-income neighborhoods, 3) there is an increase in overall supply and 4) that a variety of needed housing types for all income levels be provided. Approximately 60 community members were in attendance, as well as City of Santa Cruz Mayor, Sonja Brunner.

May 19Salinas Valley Housing Element Workshop

 

Co-hosted by the City of Soledad and Monterey Bay Economic Partnership in collaboration with 15 other cross-sectoral partners, CBO’s, and municipalities, the Salinas Valley Housing Element Workshop opened with a welcome address from Soledad Mayor Anna Velazquez and featured an overview of the Housing Element process presented by MBEP, the intersection of climate and transportation presented by Land Watch, and best practices for community engagement presented by the City of Salinas. The workshop also included a robust & engaging panel discussion led by 13 industry stakeholders and municipalities on current housing efforts, challenges, and wins in the region with open Q&A from the audience. Resource and information booths from Gathering for Women, ITN Valley Line, and Alliance on Aging were also present and Spanish/English language interpretation services were provided by JAV Language Solutions LLC. Approximately 40 community members were in attendance including AMBAG Staff and MBEP Housing Intern Alvaro Mendoza.

May 23Monterey Peninsula Housing Element Workshop

 

Co-hosted by the City of Pacific Grove, the City of Seaside, and Monterey Bay Economic Partnership in collaboration with 11 other cross-sectoral partners, CBO’s, and municipalities, the Monterey Peninsula Housing Element Workshop featured an overview of the Housing Element process presented by MBEP, the intersection of climate and transportation presented by Land Watch, and best practices for community engagement presented by the City of Pacific Grove. The workshop also included a robust & engaging panel discussion led by 9 industry stakeholders and municipalities on current housing efforts, challenges, and wins in the region with open Q&A from the audience. Resource and information booths from Gathering for Women, ITN, and Alliance on Aging were also present and Spanish/English language interpretation services were provided by JAV Language Solutions LLC. Approximately 50 community members were in attendance including Marina City Councilmember Kathy Biala and Seaside Mayor Ian Oglesby.

Junio 2Watsonville Cafecito

 

Monterey Bay Economic Partnership serves up another housing chat en español for our Spanish speaking communities. These educational sessions have three major purposes: to demystify the process behind housing development, to look at the different ways any and all community members can make their voices heard and be a part of that process, and to look at housing resources in our region. This housing cafecito takes a closer look at the City of Watsonville and Santa Cruz County to explore the themes and elements of government, from the federal to the local level, that are relevant to housing development in all cities and counties throughout the state. From the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) to how affordability is calculated, along with Q&A with attendees, this housing chat breaks down technical aspects in a straightforward and down-to-earth way that is accessible to the layperson. This Zoom session was streamed live on our Facebook page, and is available for viewing here.

Monterey Bay Economic Partnership ofrece otra charla de vivienda en español para nuestras comunidades hispanas. Estas sesiones educativas tienen tres propósitos principales: 1) quitar lo misterioso del proceso detrás del desarrollo de viviendas, 2) analizar las diferentes formas en que cada miembro de la comunidad puede dar su perspectiva y ser parte de ese proceso, y 3) examinar los recursos de vivienda en nuestra región. Este cafecito de vivienda se enfoca en la ciudad de Watsonville y el condado de Santa Cruz para explorar los temas y elementos del gobierno – desde el nivel federal hasta el local – que son relevantes para el desarrollo de viviendas en todas las ciudades y condados del estado. Desde la asignación regional de necesidades de vivienda (RHNA, por sus siglas en inglés), hasta cómo se calcula la asequibilidad, junto con preguntas y respuestas con los asistentes, esta charla de vivienda explica los aspectos técnicos de una manera sencilla y práctica que es accesible para toda persona que no tenga conocimiento de este tema importante. Esta sesión de Zoom se transmitió en vivo en nuestra página de Facebook y está disponible para ver aquí.

Para obtener más información sobre el elemento de vivienda en Español, HAGA CLIC AQUÍ.

9/29San Benito County Housing Element Workshop (Hybrid Event)

Taller del Elemento de Vivienda del Condado de San Benito (Evento Presencial y Virtual)

 

Recording and recap coming soon!

A special thank you to our partners and co-hosts…