Increasing the supply of housing in the Monterey Bay region has been one of MBEP’s key initiatives since 2016, and we’re dedicated to intelligent actions that can bring about solutions. That’s why we’re proud to have brought together regional and state leaders last week for a housing event designed to showcase just what’s possible when stakeholders work together and to facilitate future progress.

On June 25, MBEP hosted a daylong event with Ben Metcalf, director of the California Department of Housing and Community Development. Metcalf gave an update on the governor’s budget – which includes a $2 billion housing plan and housing-related legislation – at a luncheon with regional housing leaders and advocates, and participated in a roundtable discussion facilitated by MBEP Housing Program Manager Matt Huerta.

The luncheon was followed by a series of housing tours focusing attention on the region’s specific housing needs, with a first-hand look at how community partnerships are bringing about effective solutions. Tour stops included Live Oak, where MidPen Housing and Dientes are working to bring about a mixed-use development of affordable rental units, medical and dental clinics and retail food space at 1500 Capitola Road in Santa Cruz County; Castroville Oaks involving 90 detached homes and 124 apartments, led by CHISPA’s Alfred Diaz-Infante; Seaside Shelter led by Kate Daniels from Gathering for Women and Rob Rapp from Community

Human Services; MidPen Housing’s Moon Gate Plaza in Salinas’ Chinatown involving 90 apartments for extremely low-income residents, led by MidPen Director of Housing Betsy Wilson; and a discussion about the Salinas Shelter, led by Monterey County Housing Department’s Anastacia Wyatt and City of Salinas Housing and Community Development Director Megan Hunter.

The day ended with a Housing Advocacy Mixer that was co-hosted with United Way Monterey County at CSUMB at Salinas City Center and was attended by over 75 community leaders and housing advocates. Metcalf discussed the governor’s budget blueprint and housing perspectives and answered questions from the attendees.

“Last week’s housing events were a big success,” said MBEP President Kate Roberts. “Ben was able to experience first-hand the depth and breadth of high-impact projects throughout the region. We are very grateful for his generous support and look forward to building this relationship.”

Extra thanks also go to the elected officials who were able to attend and have demonstrated support for more housing, including Monterey County Supervisor Luis Alejo, Salinas Mayor Joe Gunter and Salinas Councilmember Gloria De La Rosa, Pacific Grove Mayor Bill Peake and Seaside Councilmember Jon Wizard. Also attending were Katie Moon from U.S. Rep. Jimmy Panetta’s office, Vanessa Gonzalez from Sen. Anna Caballero’s office, and Dominic Dursa from Assemblymember Robert Rivas’ office.

See news coverage of our housing event from KION here

Pictured, Ben Metcalf, director of the California Department of Housing and Community Development.