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City of Santa Cruz Releases Housing Report

City Council to Discuss Report at December 5 Council Meeting

Post Date:11/29/2017 10:30 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Eileen Cross, Community Relations Specialist, 831.676.7090

 CITY OF SANTA CRUZ RELEASES HOUSING REPORT

City Council to Discuss Report at December 5 Council Meeting

Santa Cruz (November 28, 2017) – The City of Santa Cruz released their report today on the fall 2017 community engagement around the local housing crisis. Santa Cruz Voices on Housing contains background information on the City’s current housing supply and needs, a summary of the processes used to engage with the community and a recap of the perspectives and ideas heard through housing “listening sessions” and events that were held by Mayor Cynthia Chase and City staff in late summer and early fall. 

The most significant part of the report, however, is a compilation of over 20 housing issues that include what was heard from the community on the issue, what the City learned about each issue, and what the City can do in a leadership role or by supporting and partnering with others to respond to each issue. The report presents an extensive set of actions and policy ideas that the City and Council can explore. 

Mayor Chase spoke with hundreds of people during her listening sessions, including representatives from over thirty community groups and organizations, as well as with individual members of the public. “I’m thrilled to be able to share with the broad community all of the information and ideas that the public so generously shared with us over the summer and fall,” said Mayor Chase. “The issues around housing are complex and the needs cross all income spectrums. There is no one-size-fits-all solution.” When asked what most surprised her during the listening sessions, Mayor Chase replied, “that for every position held firmly and passionately by one person, the opposite position is held firmly and passionately by another-and both people care deeply about the community.”

The report will be the subject of the December 5 City Council meeting. The council is expected to discuss the breadth of issues and identify next steps to move issues forward. The public is encouraged to review the report and participate in the December 5 Council meeting, which will be held at 7:00PM in City Council Chambers at 809 Center Street. The full report can be found on the City’s Housing webpage at www.cityofsantacruz.com/housing2017

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