If you want affordable housing, you have to fight for itI just posted my notes on the BACA meeting on the main InShaw site and well the forces against affordable housing and group housing for the mentally ill are loud. Strangely, people who are for affordable housing and the people who detest affordable housing don't show up at the same meetings. One brave woman (not me) spoke up for the cause of diversity.
On one neighborhood listserv there is much chatter about a planned affordable housing project that is to go up just on the other side of North Cap. Personally, my interest in it is minimal because a- it's on the other side of North Cap and b- it is spearheaded and hopefully will be managed by the Holy Roman Catholic Church. I believe the Catholic Church also runs Immaculate Conception a low income apartment over near the Convention Center. Yet there are fears that it will be like some of the worst examples of affordable housing and will actually stunt the growth and development many want.
So my friends who are champions for affordable housing you are going to have to make a case to your neighbors to allow and support affordable housing. You will have to make a case that your neighbors will not suffer because of affordable housing. Your neighbors have suffered through bad section 8'ers and seedy boarding houses so no amount of guilt tripping will get them to support affordable housing. The argument that the city needs affordable housing just rings hollow. You need to appeal to their better angels but hold accountable those who manage so the neighbors to these projects will not be martyrs.