Affordable housing is a vital need for all communities, and especially our city. Housing that is subsidized by one of a few programs helps our residents who are experiencing disability, poverty, or are elderly stay in safe and comfortable residences. I am committed to doing everything possible to ensure that everyone has access to safe and appropriate housing in a location that suits their needs, not only in Ypsilanti, but across the county. People who are disabled, elderly, or dealing with poverty need to to have access to affordable, safe, and comfortable housing. That is a fundamental right that should be available to everyone.
I am proud that Ypsilanti provides a large number of affordable housing opportunities in our city. In our region of the county, between Ypsilanti City and Township, we are providing nearly half of the affordable housing units in the county!
I have fought to defend affordable housing. Cross Street Village moved from MSHDA subsidized affordable housing for seniors to market rates last year. I worked with fellow councilman Pete Murdock and the residents to protect their housing. Together, we met with MSHDA and the property management repeatedly. In addition, we sought a buyer for the property, but the owner would not sell. Lastly, we held a large protest and lobbying event to prevent the change.
The western side of Washtenaw county is not providing enough affordable housing opportunities, creating an unhealthy imbalance of options. People who live in affordable or subsidized housing need to have a wide range of options of where to live so that they can have appropriate and convenient access to their jobs and services that their families require.
Together, we can help all our residents have safe, affordable, comfortable housing.