Santa Fe council, mayor get blunt talk about housing

Advisory group says city needs to execute plans to create livable community, raise $3 million a year

“Even though we can feel good about this work,” Mike Loftin told the mayor and Santa Fe City Council, “what’s happening is that the real work is just beginning.”

Along with 22 other people, the Homewise CEO spent the past five months crafting an outline for the city to address what many believe is a housing crisis. The numbers the advisory group gave to the governing body Wednesday night are disturbingly familiar to anyone who’s been following Santa Fe’s housing problems: More than 6,300 households pay more than half their monthly income toward rent, more than seven out of 10 people who work in Santa Fe but don’t live in the city do so because it’s too expensive, more than 2,400 affordable homes are needed to catch up.

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