FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 25, 2018
MBEP Endorses Housing Measures: State Propositions Props 1, 2 and Local Measure H in Santa Cruz County
(September 25, 2018) – Marina, CA – Monterey Bay Economic Partnership (MBEP) has endorsed State Propositions 1 and 2, and local Measure H in Santa Cruz County, joining business and civic leaders from across the Monterey Bay region to bring more affordable housing to the area.
Governor Jerry Brown and the California Legislature placed Prop 1, the Veterans and Affordable Housing Act, on the November 2018 ballot as part of a multi-pronged strategy to address the housing crisis. One in three California families cannot afford the cost of housing, including veterans, low-income families and seniors, survivors of domestic violence and other vulnerable populations.
Under the 2018-19 State Budget, the Governor and Legislature placed Prop 2, the No Place Like Home initiative, on the November 2018 ballot to provide $2 billion to build permanent supportive housing for Californians with a serious mental illness who are homeless or at great risk of becoming homeless.
Closer to home, the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved putting the Housing Solutions Bond on the ballot, which if approved would generate $140 million to address the shortage of affordable housing in the county.
Each of these measures is critical for our region which ranks among the most unaffordable areas in the nation. Hard working local teachers, service workers, farm workers, even people working two jobs are falling behind.
MBEP board member Ed Durkee, President and CEO of Goodwill Central Coast, reinforced the need for these measures. “Voters and elected officials are beginning to realize that we can do things at the local level to add to our housing supply. Measure H and Propositions 1 and 2 will add to the supply of housing in Santa Cruz County in a way that will help spread the prosperity of our region to people who struggle the most with our high cost of living. We urgently need housing. Passing Measure H is an important step to meeting that need.”
“The only way we are really going to move the needle on this housing crisis is if every sector of government from the federal, local and state level is prioritizing investment in affordable housing,” said Betsy Nahas Wilson, Director of Housing Development for MidPen Housing, a non-profit organization that’s one of the region’s largest developers of affordable housing. “This public investment is critical for us to leverage private capital at a time when the need for housing has never been more urgent. It’s great to see leaders from so many segments coming together in support of these measures!”
Monterey Bay Economic Partnership (MBEP) is a regional nonprofit, membership organization consisting of public, private and civic entities located throughout the counties of Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz. MBEP’s mission is to improve the economic health and quality of life in the region.