Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Lack of affordable housing is hurting you too

Please support Juan, he is a very good man and a local activist that has been with us in our fight for peace, justice, human rights and symbiotic environmental stewardship.

Walter


March 28, 2010

What impact do you think it has on your personal quality of life when no one speaks for the poor in our government, particularly in San Diego County? A lot more than you might realize!

Consider affordable housing...

In San Diego County, where our cost of living far exceeds the national average while our wages are lower then the national average, most of us, even those who do not consider themselves poor, have to spend a disproportionate amount of our earnings on housing. As a result, finding a place to live that is affordable is a major issue for many hard working San Diegans. But the county is far behind in assuring sufficient affordable housing in our county and as a result we are seeing more and more people living on the streets and in our canyons.

Many families are just getting by with two incomes and are only a job loss or illness away from falling into poverty. Our adult kids, who are in debt up to their eyeballs for their college education, are living at home, even if they are married and have their own children, because high housing costs make it impossible for most young people just starting out to have their own place.

And when there is no family to fall back on, hard-working people who don't earn enough to pay for housing, or have overwhelming health care bills or have lost their homes and their credit, end up living on the street. These people are caring for your children, preparing your food in restaurants, and interacting with you at work. There is no magic disease shield separating the housed from those people who are huddled in alleys and parking lots. Homelessness poses a serious health risk for all of us.

Because some of the homeless are suffering with mental illness and addictions, it's only natural not to feel safe when we see so many homeless people in our neighborhoods. Clearly this growing problem is also hurting local businesses, restaurants and tourism, not to mention our personal sense of justice and compassion.
 
Imagine a different San Diego, where everyone has a place to live - it's possible and it takes someone who understands that when some of us are poor, in some way everyone suffers. San Diego needs a voice for the poor.

For more examples of how ignoring the needs of the poor is impacting everyone in San Diego County, please visit my website at www.delRio4Supervisor.com. By  putting someone who is committed to speaking for the poor onto our County Board of Supervisors, you will be helping all of us build a better San Diego. Even if you don't live in District 4, my voice on the Board of Supervisors will have a positive impact for everyone in this county. Please support my campaign with a contribution, your help and of course, your vote on June 8th.

Mark your calendar!
April 11, 1 - 4 PM
Candidate Meet and Greet
at  Casa Linda Courtyard
6675 Linda Vista Rd., San Diego, CA 92111
Watch your email for an invitation




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