The inadequacy of affordable workforce housing is a problem communities across the nation are experiencing. We are no exception, except we have acknowledged that we have a problem, while other communities are still in denial, or ignoring the issue.

I supported the Construction Excise Tax in 2017, which would have provided a funding source for critical progress in this area.

The problem hasn’t gone away.

We need to address the issues that came to the surface during the process, and regain the momentum we had going. Partnerships need to be not only forged, but deepened, leading to success stories, and additional housing for hardworking members of our community.

We cannot sustain a community where hardworking people cannot afford to live. The housing crisis is one that we have to address seriously, without delay.