Foreclosure assistance, infrastructure to accommodate new development, greater energy efficiency, housing the homeless and finding more housing for farmworkers in San Joaquin County will be among the key topics at today's Board of Supervisors meeting.
Beginning at 1:30 p.m. in Stockton, supervisors will conduct public hearings on the Housing Element of the new General Plan and cover areas outside the county's seven cities. The board is also scheduled to approve the Housing Element today. The document is more than 200 pages long.
County Supervisor Ken Vogel, who represents the Lodi area, said that infrastructure, energy efficiency and farmworker housing are among the most important items to him regarding the Housing Element.
Vogel said on Monday that he isn't interested in the county providing housing for farmworkers as much as he's interested in how that housing will be provided.
The county operates three state-owned migrant camps totaling 287 units. According to a 2000 county study, there is a shortfall of more than 15,000 housing units in the county, 5,000 for migrant workers and more than 10,000 for non-migrant permanent and seasonal farmworkers.
According to the Rural Community Assistance Corp., 75 percent of California farmworkers made less than $10,000 a year in 2000.
The draft Housing Element calls for a county committee to oversee development of a farmworker housing plan. The county will continue to work with the county Housing Authority and land owners to identify new sites for farmworker housing, according to the plan. The county should also apply for federal and state grants to assist with farmworker housing, according to the plan.
Overall, the county will have 200,000 additional people who will need housing by 2020, which is 76,000 less than what the California Department of Finance projects, according to the Housing Element.
The Housing Element also includes ensuring that foreclosed home don't fall into disrepair. The draft plan calls for the owners of foreclosed homes, such as banks and mortgage lenders, to register with the county and pay a fine if properties become blighted.
Other components include:
— Preserving existing affordable rental housing.
— Encouraging development concepts to reduce housing costs.
— Preserve mobile home parks as a means of conserving affordable housing.
How to learn about the Housing ElementThe Housing Element of San Joaquin County's General Plan update can be found at www.tinyurl.com/yhluclx.
The Board of Supervisors will conduct public hearings on the Housing Element and the farmworker housing plan at 1:30 p.m. today at the county administration building, 44 N. San Joaquin St., sixth floor, Stockton.
Source: San Joaquin County