By Mike Sunnucks | Rose Law Group Reporter
The city of Mesa expects to need more than 26,800 new housing units by 2030 as it continues to see population growth and deals with the need for affordable and workforce housing.
Mesa expects to have more than 566,600 residents by 2030 up its current population of more than 496,000 people.
The Mesa City Council will be briefed on long-term housing plans at its meeting tomorrow.
Affordable housing including for working families is a challenge in the Phoenix region and other parts of the U.S. Rents in Mesa, for example, are up 21 percent since 2010, according to the city.
That comes with 38.5 percent of Mesa residents classified as lower income and 17.2 percent (or more than 81,000 residents) living in poverty.
Mesa’s housing inventory currently totals 206,000 units. The city will need to add 26,800 new units by 2030 to keep up with demand.