Letter to the Editor: Thanks for pushing Kings Beach forward
February 2, 2010
I wanted to express my thanks for the community members of Kings Beach, the TRPA Board of Governors and the Placer County Redevelopment Agency for their willingness to do the right thing for our working families and approve the Domus Development Housing Now project.
Last week at the TRPA meeting we as a community, took a step in the direction of reinventing our community and empowering the un-empowered through providing the most basic necessity and#8212; affordable, clean and safe housing.
Workforce housing supports our local businesses by providing local businesses with access to qualified, reliable employees.
High turnover rates as a result of unstable living conditions costs local businesses thousands of dollars every year.
A stable workforce is the engine behind revitalization efforts in Kings Beach.
Workforce housing provides an economic multiplier impact to our faltering local economy in the form of increasing the local disposal income of our residents by as much as 20 percent.
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Currently, many residents of Kings Beach are spending 50 percent of their monthly income on rent. Rents at Domus’ Kings Beach affordable housing units will legally be capped at 30 percent of resident income offering families 20 percent more disposable income for local spending. Additionally, 28 percent of local community members do not own cars, and 18 percent live and work in Kings Beach, that means they shop locally to support our small business owners.
This very necessary housing project will contribute to the long-term economic strength of our region through providing local living wage jobs and long term affordable housing.
Furthermore, the project will provide badly needed pocket parks for kids and families to play and enjoy the number one asset in Kings Beach and#8212; it’s great outdoors.
Our built environment has already gone beyond its lifecycle and is now un-safe, negatively affecting our surroundings and ultimately limiting the economic, social and environmental revitalization of one of the most beautiful natural beach towns in Northern California.
It has taken more than 20 years to get here, but this single action will help send the message to both our community, businesses and investors that Kings Beach embraces providing clean, warm, dry dignified housing for its families.
Crystal Bay, Nev.