Advocates Urging County to Vote for Increase in Low Income Homes

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, November 17, 2004
A coalition of low-income residents and community leaders headed up by Sacramento Housing Alliance director Ethan Evans delivered frozen turkeys to Sacramento County supervisors yesterday for failing to adopt an affordable housing ordinance. Too much time has passed and it’s unacceptable for them to go into a holiday season to the warmth of our friends and family without new affordable homes and it’s time to put this bird in the oven and vote. Evans says they’re urging supervisors to approve a plan before Thanksgiving. And folks are really wanting some hope here. They really need a vote to feel like this county is going to make sure there’s housing that they can afford. The county’s proposed policy hit a snag when attorneys found that a provision forcing developers to sell land to the county was illegal. The proposal calls for the creation of about 318 units of housing each year for those who earn less than half the area's median income. For a family of three, that would be an annual income of about 28-thousand dollars. Steve Milne - KXJZ news.