Nonprofits answer Mayor Gallego’s call for affordable housing

Celebrating the grand opening of UMOM’s 19West affordable housing complex are, from left: Kris Newman, chair of the UMOM Board of Directors; Phoenix City Councilwoman Debra Stark; 19West resident Susan G.; Darlene Newsom, CEO of UMOM; Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego; and (former) Phoenix City Councilwoman Vania Guevara / photo by Teri Carnicelli / North Central News

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When Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego gave her first State of the City address last month, she highlighted the growing need for affordable housing in what has become the nation’s fifth-largest city.

“Low wage earners maintain a fragile balance in their lives. Any single unexpected expense can send the entire household into crisis, and possibly, onto the streets,” she said.

Gallego spoke about the city’s responsibility in leveraging its own land assets to do more to bolster affordable housing, and pointed out that “every city and town should be doing their part to ensure services and housing are spread across the metro area and not just in one small area of one specific city.”

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