Sometimes it takes a crisis for leaders to think outside the box. California’s housing shortage has reached the crisis stage. A two-pronged approach is now available to resolve it with no additional taxes. The most obvious is to encourage the development of additional housing units, so-called “granny units,” now referred to as accessory dwelling units (ADU) that a new state law has simplified to encourage their development by private property owners on their own land. The new state law makes it much easier to build these — or translated — makes it much harder for cities to forbid them. The ADU can be up to 1,200 square feet, allows tandem parking, and in some circumstances will not require additional parking spaces.
The second, and most immediately available to implement, is to remove illegal immigrants from public housing. Public housing officials are forbidden to ask a prospective tenant’s legal status. This is also true of homes financed by quasi-public agencies for low-income people. If we remove from public housing those who are here illegally, it will immediately open up those units to American citizens who need help. Taking care of our own — what a concept!
Mary Jordan, Paso Robles
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