There’s a great profile of the newish Executive Director of the Alameda Housing Authority in the Alameda Magazine. But what was really informative were some of the factoids that were added in reference to the housing shortage and the effect on Alameda families.
Authority housing waitlists are all full—and when they were opened early in 2015, they had 36,000 applicants. “That’s a staggering number,” said Jeff Miller, the head of the Boys & Girls Club of Alameda.
Despite this even modest development projects are viewed with hostility despite the clear and present need. More:
There are several projects more in the pipeline, Cooper noted, all of which are funded by private investment through a low-income housing tax credit program and conventional, long-term mortgages. The former Island High site on Eagle Avenue will see the construction of 22 apartments and is expected to break ground at the end of 2016. Thirty-one apartments for seniors will be built as part of the Del Monte project, which is slated to begin construction in 2017. And 32 family-affordable units at Alameda Landing are expected to be open for occupancy in mid-2017.
So, at most by the end of 2017 the Housing Authority, which has a waiting list of 36,000 applicants, will only be able to add 85 housing units.
Hopefully when people start to complain about all the development, particularly when the development projects are one of these three, they should instead think about the 36,000 number and consider that there are 36,000 families that income qualify for housing assistance that are probably teetering on the edge of losing their housing as opposed to viscerally reacting to new housing units that might add seconds to their morning commute.