Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Spring is in the air! On the docket: Affordable Housing!

Spring is in the air! On the docket: Affordable Housing!
It was only a matter of time until the
Las Vegas Real Estate market caught up to the craziness of the California Market, and now we are feeling some of the growing pains that our neighboring state has been feeling for quite some time! The following article is a breath of fresha ir because it shows that the public still has some weight in how things are run. This article ran in the Review Journal this past weekend and I found it worth the read.Affordable housing meeting in worksBy HENRY BREANREVIEW-JOURNALStanding in front of a welcome sign they argue doesn't apply to everyone, several advocates for "average working people" announced plans Monday to hold a community-wide conference on the need for affordable housing.The April 6 conference at Green Valley Ranch in Henderson is to include what organizers called a "diverse group" of more than 200 "policy makers, private sector concerns and workforce representatives."AdvertisementKen Lange, executive director of Nevada State Education Association, said a number of well-meaning people have gathered to discuss the workforce housing issue in the past, but "we still have a problem, and it's getting worse."Lange said the goal of this conference is to come up with "the top three to five strategies" for addressing the problem and get people in positions of authority and influence to commit to those strategies.The state education association has a large stake in the issue, Lange said, since 1,500 new teachers and 900 new support personnel are needed each year to handle the valley's growing student population.Monday's made-for-television announcement was held in the median of Las Vegas Boulevard, right in front of the iconic "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign.Speakers at the event had to compete with the sounds of traffic, tour helicopters and passenger jets taking off from nearby McCarran International Airport.Next month's five-hour conference is being sponsored by the Nevada State Education Association; City of North Las Vegas; Southern Nevada Homebuilders Association; Focus Property Group; American Nevada Corporation; the Nevada Community Foundation; and the Nevada chapter of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN.ACORN member Edna Jager said rising home prices have forced some people to move in with their extended families or take second and third jobs just to make rent or mortgage payments."Average working people -- people who make this town run -- are bearing the brunt of this crisis," Jager said.

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