The problem of homelessness and unaffordable workforce housing, both in San Luis Obispo and throughout California, continues to grow. To a great degree, this parallels our growing income inequality. There is no sense of urgency among our elected officials or the populace in general to address these issues. A variety of approaches are required, as there is no single solution.
Across our nation, one of the solutions that has proven viable to house the chronically unhoused is the “village” living format. In this approach, individuals and families live in tiny individual housing units and share kitchen and community living space. They also govern themselves with support from an experienced volunteer board of directors.
We have a local nonprofit, Hopes Village of SLO (http://www.hopesvillageofslo.com), that is pursuing just such a village housing area. It is one of many viable solutions for providing affordable housing and deserves our support. I urge you to get involved, find out more, make a donation and support the goals of Hope’s Village of SLO. We need to find solutions now.