Prioritize people over profit in affordable housing debate

Published: Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 - 10:10 am

Re "County housing mandate debated" (Our Region, Nov. 22): Rather than respond to developer complaints that "current affordable housing law has hurt the real estate market," Sacramento County should consider how low-income individuals and families have been hurt by the real estate market. Perhaps providing equal access to housing should be prioritized over a few developers' desire to save money. Affordable housing policy is central in addressing California's ever-increasing gap between rich and poor. If a meager 15 percent requirement for affordable units is considered extravagant, where will Sacramento's low-income population be as the cost of living continues to rise? Cutting this 15 percent requirement in half would exacerbate the income gap. It would symbolize Sacramento County's indifference to preserving affordable housing and the people who live in it.

-- Terren Wing, Sacramento

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