The Santa Fe Housing Action Coalition is made up of local nonprofit housing providers, community and business organizations, and large employers who’s constituencies are directly impacted by our affordable housing shortage. The group came together and developed a shared definition of housing and value statement that guides our work.
Definition of Housing
Housing is, at a minimum, a safe space intended for human habitation that is free from displacement and stable from month-to month.
Santa Fe Housing Action Coalition Values
- Everyone has a right to housing.
- Our community is responsible for solving the problems of access to quality housing for people at all income levels.
- Santa Fe’s success requires an array of housing options to meet our community’s needs, including shelter for the homeless, homeownership and rental, publicly subsidized, collectively owned, land trusts and eldercare housing.
- We need to increase access to housing for everyone, but the housing needs of young people, people of color, people with disabilities, people living in poverty, people living in alternative family structures, and people who have been systematically excluded from housing should be prioritized.
- There is a correlation between housing and the health and well-being of individuals, families, and our community.
- Housing contributes to building a sense of community.
- Housing is part of a social, economic and cultural ecosystem.
- Access to affordable housing is vital to the social and economic health of our community by contributing to the economic base through property taxes, gross receipts tax and spending at local businesses.
- People who work in our community should be able to live in our community if they want to without the additional financial and environmental burden of commuting.
- Accessible, affordable housing should not consume more than 30 percent of household income.
- Housing should ideally be accessible to transportation, resources and amenities.
- Santa Fe is stronger and more vibrant when we are a community that is inclusive of people of all ages, races, incomes and talents.
- Housing is ultimately a matter of individual choice, regardless of income.
Steering Committee Members
- CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center
- Communities in Schools of New Mexico
- Esperanza Shelter
- Meow Wolf
- New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness
- New Mexico Inter-Faith Housing Corporation
- Presbyterian Medical Services
- St. Elizabeth’s Shelters and Supportive Housing
- Santa Fe Association of Realtors
- Santa Fe Habitat for Humanity
- Santa Fe Area Homebuilder’s Association
- Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce
- Santa Fe Civic Housing Authority
- Santa Fe Community College
- The Housing Trust
- Santa Fe Community Foundation (Fiscal Sponsor)
- Santa Fe Public Schools
- The Life Link
- Youth Shelters and Family Services
For more information about participating in the Coalition or its subcommittees please contact firstname.lastname@example.org