Petaluma's current housing stock, and the housing stock in much of the country, has four major problems.
We don't have enough which exacerbates the number of unhoused.
Building more housing is expensive which undermines the ability of families to build wealth and pushes the underemployed toward becoming unhoused.
Much of our housing is configured such that infrastructure maintenance is financially unsustainable for cities.
Much of our housing stock is gasoline, car-dependent which is harmful to the climate and limits those who aren't able to drive because of age, illness, or poverty.
The solutions to some of these problems must come at a regional or national level. But, to the extent that they can be addressed at the community-level, Urban Chat is a strong advocate for better solutions.
Petaluma Urban Chat 416 Webster St. . Petaluma, CA 94952