Measure N would help create more homes in Santa Rosa

Vote YES on Measure N, the Santa Rosa Housing Recovery Bond

Update: Unfortunately, Measure N did not pass in the November 2018 election.

To help the residents of Santa Rosa rebuild and recover after the devastating loss of homes and life in the 2017 North Bay fires, Greenbelt Alliance endorsed the Santa Rosa Housing Recovery Bond, Measure N.  Measure N would have generated new funding for affordable homes for families displaced by the fires, as well as seniors, veterans and those experiencing homelessness, including women and children.

The spending criteria for the housing bond included key environmental and climate-smart provisions advanced by Greenbelt Alliance. These provisions prioritized funding for affordable homes in the city center—near jobs, schools, and transit—that met rigorous standards for environmentally friendly design.

If approved by a ⅔ majority, Measure N would have generated $124 million over 30 years. The proceeds would have been used to leverage federal and state affordable housing matching funds to construct thousands of new affordable homes, as follows:

  • At least 75% of revenue to provide or preserve rental housing for 80 percent or lower area median income.
  • Up to 25% to for-sale housing up to 120 percent area median income, specifically fire survivors.

This measure was so important to the fire recovery efforts that Greenbelt Alliance Board member Dee Swanhuyser joined four other community leaders in signing the ballot measure argument in favor of Measure N.

Photo: Greenbelt Alliance

One Comment on “Vote YES on Measure N, the Santa Rosa Housing Recovery Bond

  1. We need rent control desperately in Santa Rosa, Ca. Every year, my rent increases at $125 a shot. By this time, in a few years, I will be out with the homeless and already there are too many in the streets as it is.

    There are many landowners that already have paid their mortgage, and some halfway paid and their mortgages are low. However, they are greedy and want to collect the current market value of those landowners who have just purchased property. THIS IS HIGHLY IMMORAL AND GREEDY.

    I request city, state or federal control over property owner’s income from said property to include a sliding scale by which to charge tenants depending on whether their mortgage has already been paid, or halfway paid, or whatever percentage they have paid on their property. Of course to include property tax for the year, and give people a chance for housing needs.

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