Homes are the at the core of our family’s economy, and too many of our families are struggling. Almost half of Santa Ana residents cannot meet exorbitant rent and mortgage prices, and families are forced to double up in houses, apartments, and rooms. As your councilmember I will fight to meet the need for housing at all income levels, and especially for those in need of affordable housing.
Our children’s health is compromised when mold, lead and plagues infest apartment homes with no response from landlords. Code enforcement will work to make landlords accountable, not to put more people on the streets.
Homelessness is a harsh reality that we cannot continue to overlook, and it lies at the feet of this housing crisis. Too many families living paycheck to paycheck and with month to month leases are but a step away from being homeless. We must address homelessness now, with quality health services, emergency and permanent shelters, and more quality housing at the lowest levels of affordability.
Home ownership allows upward mobility for our residents. As your councilmember I will work to ensure that our city invests in programs that create pathways to homeownership, including cooperative ownership.