Election 2016: Vote YES on Measure A in Santa Clara Co.

Measure A will raise $950 million to provide affordable homes for those most in need across Santa Clara County. These funds are essential because everyone should have the opportunity to live in a safe, healthy, and affordable home.

Housing unaffordability is having a devastating effect on the lives of many Santa Clara County residents who are under growing pressure to make ends meet. High housing costs are also a problem for our natural and agricultural lands. When people are no longer able to afford to live in communities near jobs and transit, they often move to less-expensive neighborhoods at the edges of the region and beyond. This can create new sprawl pressure in these edge communities, threatening the greenbelt lands that benefit us all.

Measure A helps address this crisis by generating $950 million to provide homes for those most in need, including low-income veterans, seniors, people with disabilities, working families, and homeless individuals. Studies show that increasing access to affordable homes fosters a multitude of benefits, from improving our business environment to reducing traffic congestion and improving air quality, by making sure people can afford to live close to where they work.

Measure A is supported by a broad coalition of public health, businesses, civic, labor, housing and homeless advocacy, veteran, environmental, and faith leaders. It requires a two-thirds majority vote to pass.

Greenbelt Alliance urges everyone in Santa Clara County to vote YES on Measure A.

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