As across the nation, there’s a shortage of affordable housing in Staunton for people across the economic spectrum.
Lack of housing hurts those most with no permanent place to call their own because of lack of resources. But it also workers of moderate income who cannot find apartments or homes in their price range. A lack of affordable housing choices for their employees in turn discourages outside employers from relocating to Staunton, which makes affordable housing into an issue of economic development.
- First, we must optimize our efforts to help provide housing to those who need an immediate place to live, working with Valley Mission and others in the private sector to ensure they have the capacity to meet the greatest need.
- Second, we must increase the effectiveness of the City’s programs to operate and create dedicated affordable housing for low- and moderate-income households.
- Finally, we must cut red tape and streamline bureaucracy that prevents developers and landowners from creating more apartments or homes that rent or sell at affordable prices.