It seems to me that an awful lot of folks I know in service industries have to work two jobs to just make ends meet. When you’re working 40 hours a week, you shouldn’t have to get a second job to afford to live in our city and stay out of poverty. What about people with families? All those additional work hours leave little or no quality time for parents to have with their children and other loved ones.
Some people don’t appreciate the value of a vital downtown and greater Asheville with mixed income levels housing. And then there is the NIMBY viewpoint. What folks don’t understand is that mixed income levels in our local housing brings a vibrancy and stability along with it. When workers have housing they can afford, frequent moving is a lot less likely.
Of course it helps that our affordable housing plans are linked with smart growth principles.
Maybe it’s semantics that will give us the political will to provide much needed affordable housing. Will “workforce housing” help with that perception and will it relieve the anxiety some have of affordable housing being in their neighborhood?
— Carmen Ramos-Kennedy