Letters to the Editor

SLO County doesn’t really have a housing ‘crisis’

A home in SLO County.
A home in SLO County. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

Crisis, really?

For decades we have discussed our “housing crisis,” but is it really a crisis at all? I understand the affordability issue, but we don’t have droves of people living in the street (thank goodness). How could we be so happy living here if there was such a crisis? Isn’t the real issue a matter of supply and demand? If the governing bodies really want to address the housing “crisis,” then remove constraints that add no value but drive up costs and allow builders to build as many homes as the demand calls for. Imagine what it would be like if there were 50,000 homes for sale in SLO County! Is there really any other true fix? Regardless, please stop labeling it as a “crisis” as there are many more real issues in the world today that actually deserve that description.

Gary Maier, San Luis Obispo