Cultivating Community Solutions to the Housing Crisis

HSN’s volunteer Outreach Housing Action Team created a short video about the housing crisis and some of the innovative responses of local individuals. This video has been shown around Jefferson County to over 400 people at public and private screenings, followed by facilitated conversations. The video will be released online in June 2020 due to the restrictions around gathering in groups, however we hope that you will take what you learn from this video and have conversations about it with your neighbors, friends, and colleagues. Below is a list of ways you can get engaged and take action.

“Our local housing solutions will require wide community involvement, and each of us who are interested in getting involved have different interests, gifts and talents we might be able to bring to bear on those solutions.” – Outreach Housing Action Team Member

LEARN

  • View our Get Inspired! page for a list of ways to engage in housing.
  • Check out HSN’s Housing Action Teams and reach out to the listed contacts to join a group.
  •  Understand the unique roles of our local housing organizations, and support those organizations.
  • Plan a screening of this video for your church, service club, neighborhood, group of friends, coworkers, etc. The screening (either in person or via an online video conference call platform) will be followed by a facilitated conversation with our Outreach Housing Action Team. Contact justine@jcfgives.org to begin!
ACT
  • Tell your officials (City Councilors or County Commissioners) that you care about housing, and you want to see policy changes that support density, affordability, and inclusionary zoning.
  • Talk to your neighbors, friends, and colleagues who have empty units (second homes, ADUs, basement apartments) about the housing crisis. Most people don’t realize the impact that their individual action could have.
  • If you currently own a vacation rental, consider the personal and community benefit of transitioning that unit into a residential rental. You get a stable tenant, the community gets another housing unit, and one more person is able to stay here or stay housed.
  • If you are a landlord with financial means, consider the community benefit of keeping your unit(s) below market rate.
  • Plan a screening of this video for your church, service club, neighborhood, group of friends, coworkers, etc. The screening (either in person or via an online video conference call platform) will be followed by a facilitated conversation with our Outreach Housing Action Team. Contact justine@jcfgives.org to begin!
  • Donate to local housing organizations.
  • Support Housing Solutions Network through making a donation or joining our Giving Circle.

Comments and questions can be directed to HSN Network Weaver Justine at justine@jcfgives.org

Enormous gratitude goes out to the anonymous donor who enabled HSN to pay filmmaker Michael McCurdy to create this video.