Published in the Ventura County Star
By Kay Wilson-Bolton
President, Ventura County Coastal Assn of REALTORS®
May 21, 2000
Another confusing term is “affordable housing”. To some it means housing that is simple affordable, based on criteria established regarding the ability of the average wage earner to purchase the average, or median priced home. To others it means “low cost”, “low income”, subsidized, sustainable, simply affordable—to whom?
There are some who view affordable housing in such a negative way that they will never consider such an activity has having value, Others who know the typical contribution of the home owner that represents the home that only 29% of our County can afford to purchase have a very different view point on “affordable housing” Recognizing this, the Affordable Housing Committee of the California Association of REALTORS® voted this past week in Sacramento to change its name to Housing Affordability Committee. That’s a name with a ring to it and we all know what it means.
To speak of the “Affordable Housing Commi8ttee” is perceived to be a group of people who want cheap housing built on expensive land—at any cost..
Not so. As usual, REALTORS® have a plan for the land that includes everyone. Young, old, rich or poor—homeless or in a mansion. To own a home is a right. To dream of it is one’s duty.
To speak of home ownership keeps America strong. It stabilizes our communities, therefore our schools, our economic base and our future. Who wouldn’t favor Smart Growth? Who would favor dumb growth? REALTORS® sell communities and we favor Smart Growth—we know what it is when we see it. We just haven’t heard anyone describe it.
Kay Wilson-Bolton is president of the Ventura County Coastal Association of REALTORS®. For more information, contact Kay Runnion, Interim CEO, Ventura County Coastal Assn of REALTORS® at 981.2100. Our website is http://www.vc-realtors.com