The loss of 57 units of potential affordable housing is yet another blow to our dismal housing situation in Napa county ("Developer pulls out of Napa Creekside housing plan," Feb. 10).
Although the city of Napa, Bridge Housing and Napa Valley Community Housing were working closely to develop much-needed, affordable family housing, in an environmentally sound and sensitive manner, the neighborhood managed to derail the project. It is time that we call out our fellow residents for their NIMBY behavior and not allow their unfounded “fear” of affordable housing dictate how we provide homes for workforce, families and seniors.
What we know is, affordable housing developments are great additions to our neighborhoods. The homes and apartments that have been developed in Napa and our other cities are tastefully designed, well constructed and managed efficiently. Some of these developments include Pecan Court, Magnolia Park and Silverado Creek in Napa, Stonebridge in St. Helena, and Mount Avenue in Yountville.
And yet, we still suffer the ignorance of those who insist that such housing will devalue their property and bring “undesirable” people into their neighborhoods. Guess what, people who live in “affordable” units are teachers, nursing and medical assistants, accounting clerks, agricultural workers, retail salespeople, restaurant servers, just to name a few. These are our neighbors and they are major contributors to our economy and our community.
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When an affordable housing development is under consideration, voice your support to your city council, planning commission and your neighbors. Work with those in your neighborhood to become educated on the realities of affordable housing and the need in our community. We are in a housing crisis in Napa County.
Those who work here cannot afford to live here and this not only affects individuals, it influences the health and safety of our entire community. Let’s stop with the lip service, Napa, and build the housing we need.