Why is the Housing Element Update important?

Why it matters

  • More and more, purchasing a home is out of reach for many while renters face rent prices that are just too high. Just about every city in the region needs more housing, of all types and sizes.
  • Teachers, firefighters, health care and other essential workers are traveling long distances to work or being forced to relocate to other cities. 
  • Young adults and students - including your children and grandchildren - are unable to purchase homes or even live in the communities they grew up in once they leave their childhood homes.
  • Communities of color and non-English speakers – who make up the majority of our community members living in overcrowded and unsafe conditions – cannot afford to be near their jobs, school or families.

More housing and more diverse housing choices means

  • Young families can find an affordable starter home.
  • Young adults moving out of their childhood home and into the housing market can stay in the cities they grew up in.
  • Our aging population will have more options for retirement, including downsizing, providing housing for on-site health or home care, and staying in their communities.
  • Workers - teachers, firefighters, health care workers, essential workers - can find homes near job centers (which will reduce traffic!).
  • Your children and grandchildren can stay near you in the communities they feel a part of.
  • More people will have more opportunities, across incomes, to rent or own homes in the places they live, work and love.

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1. What is a Housing Element?
2. What are the components of a Housing Element?
3. What happens if a jurisdiction does not adopt a Housing Element?
4. Who determines how many housing units are needed and how is the number calculated?
5. Why is the Housing Element Update important?
6. Why update the Safety Element?
7. What is Menlo Park's fair share?
8. What is Environmental Justice?