In the November election, Santa Rosa voters have an opportunity to boost affordable housing while speeding the city’s recovery from last year’s devastating wildfires.

Last fall, the fires in Northern California’s Wine Country eviscerated 6,000 homes in Santa Rosa alone.

“Couple that with a statewide housing crisis of epic proportions, and Santa Rosa finds itself in dire need of additional housing supply,” said Alex Khalfin, CAA’s vice president of public affairs for the North Bay region. “While we can debate how this problem should or shouldn’t be solved, one fact remains clear — something must be done.”

Enter Measure N — a $124 million Housing Recovery Bond placed on the Nov. 6 ballot by the City Council.

If approved by two-thirds of local voters, Measure N will construct and preserve affordable housing for low-income and moderate-income families, veterans, seniors and persons with disabilities. It would also provide permanent supportive housing for those experiencing homelessness.

Additionally, Measure N would assist first-time home buyers and help those who lost their homes in the October 2017 fires.

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