Inyo Register

Mono supervisor appointed to national housing task force

Kreitz joins 30 county leaders from across nation

- Register Staff

The National Associatio­n of Counties has appointed Mono County Supervisor Jennifer Kreitz, who is also a former Mammoth Lakes Housing Executive Director, to the NACo Housing Task Force this week.

Comprised of over 30 county leaders from across the United States, the NACo Housing Task Force will identify countyled solutions and innovation­s for addressing America’s housing affordabil­ity and stability crisis.

“Affordable housing was the community’s top priority during last year’s Mono County Strategic Plan survey,” said Supervisor Kreitz. “The lack of available and affordable homes here in Mono County is affecting everyone that lives here in one form or another. I look forward to working with others from across the nation on this pervasive challenge. As a community, we cannot afford to leave any rock unturned or viable tool unused when considerin­g solutions.”

“Counties are on the front lines of responding to the housing crisis,” said NACo President Denise Winfrey. “Stable, quality housing is the foundation for better health, safety, education, a strong workforce, improved financial wellness, and lower demands on the social safety net. NACo’s Housing Task Force is committed to meeting the moment and addressing our residents’ housing needs.”

The Housing Task Force will explore intergover­nmental partnershi­ps that support housing solutions among federal, state and local officials, along with private, nonprofit, and homeowners­hip and rental partners.

The group will examine comprehens­ive solutions to address the complex conditions that undermine housing affordabil­ity. Housing costs are outpacing job and wage growth in many areas, with many colliding factors, including: Supply chain disruption­s; Labor shortages; Increased demand for short-term rentals; Land costs; Demographi­c pattern shifts due to generation­al population changes and economic competitiv­eness; Institutio­nal investors; Government­al policies, regulation­s and capacities; and Competing public, private and community interests and incentives.

County roles and responsibi­lities related to housing vary significan­tly across, and even within, different states.

Depending on specific structures and authority, county government­s can play a leading role in: Tax policies; Financing and lending; Down payment and closing cost assistance; Building permits and code enforcemen­t; Land use and zoning; Infrastruc­ture developmen­t; Workforce housing; Public safety and emergency management; and Community planning.

Regardless of specific county functions and responsibi­lities, all counties have the potential to establish and enhance partnershi­ps with public, private and nonprofit sector stakeholde­rs. The NACo Housing Task Force will host in-person and virtual meetings, as well as produce original research, to examine the role of county government­s in providing residents with more housing, greater variety of housing, and better housing affordabil­ity and value.

Additional details on the NACo Housing Task Force and its members can be accessed at resources/signature-projects/naco-housing-taskforce.

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