Fight Over Affordable Housing In Elk Grove Heats Up
A forum to talk about a new affordable housing project in Elk Grove got testy this week. Lakeside area residents showed up at the event last Tuesday, held virtually, to make their issues with the new project known. The forum drew over a hundred residents. The issue is a proposed three-story affordable housing project. Maritime Apartments Investors, L.P plans to sit the project on an empty lot at Maritime and Harbour Point drives. According to a fact sheet, officials expect the project to cost $31 million and hold 50-units, open only to families at a certain income level. That level is 80% or less of what is called the “area median income”. That’s the typical income in an area. By typical income, we mean half of the area earns more, while half earns less.
The Project consists of a Minor Design Review for one, 3-story apartment building with 50 units, with 50% of the units reserved for permanent supportive housing use. The Project is requesting review pursuant to Government Code section 65650 et seq. due to 100% of the units (less 1 on-site manager unit) being restricted to households earning 80% or less of the area median income and with over 50% of units being reserved for homeless individuals/households with supportive services being provided.Elk Grove Apartments Fact Sheet
What Do Low Income & Affordable Housing Really Mean?
Both the state and feds define what low-income and affordable housing mean. Right now, a family of four earning less than $25,750 is considered extremely low income. Normally, these are our food service workers, retail clerks, manicurists, and home care aides. A family of four earning less than $41,800 is considered very low income. A family of four earning less than $66,900, low income. Usually, these are our teachers, tellers, security guards, mail carriers, paramedics, and cleaners.
Elk Grove is not very affordable right now, for renters or buyers. According to RentCafe, the average rent in Elk Grove is almost $2,000 a month. Affordable Housing experts blame strong demand for housing, rising building costs, as well as outdated zoning and tax laws created to enforce racial segregation.
According to the federal government, housing is “affordable” if it costs no more than 30% of the monthly household income for rent and utilities. Most affordable housing developments are built for families and individuals with incomes of 60% or less than the area median income (AMI).California Housing Consortium
Despite what some people think about low-income or affordable housing, adult residents usually work.
MYTH: People who live in affordable housing are on welfare or won’t fit into my neighborhood. Reality: People who need affordable housing already live and work in your community.Myths and Truths About Affordable Housing – cityofmissionviejo.org
MYTH: “Affordable housing” means large, uninviting projects and will undermine community character. Reality: New affordable and high-density housing can always be designed to fit into existing communities.Myths and Truths About Affordable Housing – cityofmissionviejo.org
This is a developing story.