4 Steps to Affordability
SLO has become unaffordable to young families and many of those who work in the city. In fact a recent study found SLO to be the 5th most unaffordable place in America. We’ve seen the results of this over the past decades, the homeownership rate in the city rate has been dropping, today we’re nearly as low as 30%. We’re losing the character and stability of our city when almost 2 out of every 3 residents are living in rental units and our teachers, firefighters, construction workers, and retirees cannot afford to live here.
Over the years little has been done to correct this problem. Heidi Harmon has a 4-part plan to fix it without overdevelopment and sprawl, preserving SLO’s character, charm, and quality of life.
Heidi’s Approach to Leadership
San Luis Obispo leadership has a role in developing the social capital and assets of a thriving and resilient community. SLO’s network of organizations, businesses, and residents can be strengthened through increased communication and interaction among all of our groups. As connections are created and relationships built, individuals and institutions are increasingly able to recognize each other’s assets and resources, and form new partnerships.
Just as Cal Poly and the business sector have a mutually beneficial relationship through student internships, the mayor’s office and city council can facilitate new networks for business opportunities, disaster preparedness, and citizen engagement on local issues. Local government acts as a nexus of collaboration, building bridges throughout the community; it is leadership of the people, by the people, and for the people. When residents feel that their voice is heard and see government respond to their needs, they in turn are more likely to contribute to working on behalf of their community.