Housing Solutions Network is hosting a public screening of their short video about the local housing emergency, as well as solutions that individuals are creating to keep our community thriving. The screening will be followed by small group facilitated conversations to unlock our community's ideas, resources, and expertise so we can create more housing opportunities.
The local housing emergency is keeping good workers from good jobs and weakening families, businesses, and the fabric of our community. Housing Solutions Network is empowering people and organizations to join the effort to create more housing opportunity for our local workforce, with a focus on those making $15 to $30 per hour. This includes the majority of workers across all our local industries.
Jefferson County currently has a 0-1% rental vacancy rate (the national average is 7%), meaning that even people with stable incomes are struggling to find places to live. This prevents new talent from moving here and causes many renters to spend more on housing than their incomes can sustain. In fact, 47% of renters are cost burdened, spending more than 30% of their income on housing. Businesses and organizations across Jefferson County are struggling to hire and retain staff due to the affordable housing crisis.
This is a community-wide problem, and demands community-wide solutions.