Everyone should have a home – every child and every adult. Housing is a basic need, necessary for a person to thrive. But the high cost of housing in the Bay Area makes a home unaffordable to thousands of families and adults, most of them with at least one job and many with multiple jobs. It now takes between three and four full-time, minimum wage jobs for a family to have enough income to afford a median two-bedroom apartment in the Bay Area.
Has your congregation considered using surplus land or parking spaces to provide affordable housing for your community? Have you heard about Tiny Homes? Please read this invitation to any faith organization in Contra Costa County to learn about an exciting Tiny Homes project at a church in Alameda County. This letter from the Walnut Creek Homeless Task Force and HomeAid of Northern California, with supporting materials, explains how a Tiny Homes project can be affordable and what it would look like, and offers their help in making a Tiny Homes project a reality for your Contra Costa County congregation. Please reach out to Donna Colombo and Cheryl O’Connor, as invited in their letter, for more information. If you are interested in other options for building affordable housing on faith-organization land, please let us know at email@example.com.