Bedrooms: It’s one good tool
By Maeve Phelan. Also published as a letter to the editor in the Daily Camera on October 20, 2021.
"In order to afford to live in Boulder I have relied on shared housing. First, as a renter. Then, as a homeowner. Sharing housing will always be cheaper than living on one’s own. Everyone agrees we need more housing affordable for low and moderate income workers. To do this we need to use every tool available to us. We cannot rely on any ONE action. Inclusionary zoning alone will not do it. Buying or building housing is expensive and making it affordable ALWAYS requires some form of public financing. We do, however, have one housing resource that would not cost the taxpayer and it’s already built: unused bedrooms. Why not let people live in them? I support affordable housing and therefore support Bedrooms Are For People. Join me in voting yes on Ballot Question 300, Bedrooms Are For People."