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East Palo Alto refocuses on affordable-housing program, as crisis continues

Original post made on Jul 19, 2019

As East Palo Alto seeks to increase its stock of affordable housing, it is revitalizing its below-market-rate housing (BMR) program with the help of a longtime ally: East Palo Alto Community Alliance Development Organization (EPA CAN DO).

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, July 19, 2019, 12:00 AM

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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 19, 2019 at 9:49 am

Can we stop using the word "crisis" for every single thing? Is -everything- a "crisis"?

A "crisis" is:

- a stage in a sequence of events at which the trend of all future events, especially for better or for worse, is determined; turning point.
- a condition of instability or danger, as in social, economic, political, or international affairs, leading to a decisive change.

e.g. "Pearl Harbor"

The local housing problem has been building since ~1980. 40 years is moving on towards geologic time.

Posted by Bob Andersen
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 19, 2019 at 3:10 pm

It is a crisis, “Anon”

Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 21, 2019 at 7:39 pm

Posted by Bob Andersen, a resident of Barron Park

>> It is a crisis, “Anon”

So, let me get this straight. We add office space for 5,000 new employees, and then we add 1 unit. Then, we find some funding for a three year contract that might pay for 1 unit. We -assess- the existing 108 units. We find 12 more units. -ad nauseum- How about this? The developer adds 5,000 new jobs, the developer builds 5,000 new affordable units along with it.

>> (See sidebar, "For East Palo Alto condo, 60 would-be buyers).

>> According to a city staff report, EPA CAN DO is currently assessing the city's 108 BMR units [...] he nonprofit has already found 12 units at "high risk" after public records showed the owner might no longer live at the address or there are liens against the property for more than the restricted resale price.

I think it is -pathetic- that somebody thinks it is OK to add dozens of new units to fill the gap created with 5,000 (or whatever) new jobs. Oh, and I'm somehow supposed to feel guilty because there is no place to house all of the employees in my back yard.

-No new office space!-

Posted by Norman Beamer
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 22, 2019 at 4:30 pm

If there is a crisis, it is an overdevelopment of office space crisis.

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