Buiza Housing/Homelessness Q1
Housing affordability and homelessness have become intractable problems because we have failed to address some of the fundamental issues that inform them: poverty, the isolation of low-income and immigrant communities, the focus on progress and infrastructure development on gateway cities, etc.On a macro scale, the widening income inequality in our state coupled with lack of social mobility for many of low-income communities, which includes immigrants and refugees that comprise roughly 27% of our state’s population, seems to exacerbate this problem.
We pride ourselves as an equitable state, but whenever there are efforts to build the infrastructure that would begin to address these problems, even the most progressive members of our community hesitate to fully embrace certain solutions. i.e. building low-cost housing in gentrifying neighborhoods.