MBEP’s Housing Advocacy Initiative aims to preserve and increase the quality of life and economic vibrancy of the Monterey Bay Region by increasing opportunities for workers and residents to secure affordable homes, proximate to their work. Specifically, MBEP endeavors to:
- Increase Supply: Support policies that encourage the construction of new, high density developments, both rental and for sale at every income level, in appropriate locations near transit options, jobs and services which maximize public infrastructure investments and prevents sprawl. Support the construction of rural and farmworker housing in appropriate locations to help meet the needs of the region’s leading agricultural industry.
- Increase Homeownership: Expand the ability of Monterey Bay employees to purchase affordable homes near their work by encouraging supportive housing policies in local jurisdictions and promoting programs for first time homebuyers.
- Support Adequate Funding: Advocate for an appropriately scaled and stable funding stream for housing at the local, state and federal levels.
- Improve the Political Environment: Create the political will needed to increase the supply of housing at all income levels. Educate the community on the importance of higher density development.
“Affordable housing is too often misunderstood. Many residents in our region work extremely hard to provide the services we rely on every day, yet still do not make enough money to afford the average rent. As a community, we have a responsibility to speak up and support affordable housing.” – Matt Huerta, MBEP Housing Program Manager