Density, traffic and stigma threaten much needed affordable housing in Phoenix area

By Taylor Seely | Arizona Republic

Three workforce housing developments proposed in the West Valley could help solve the region’s growing affordable housing crisis, but a lack of political will and backlash from residents has already thwarted one development and could jeopardize the two others.

Minnesota-based housing developer Dominium proposed apartment complexes in Buckeye, Goodyear and Surprise that would provide a combined 1,570 units to individuals or households earning between $27,000 to $51,000 annually.

As West Valley cities grow and attract more businesses along the Loop 303 corridor and elsewhere, affordable housing advocates say area leaders must be proactive in encouraging housing for a larger, economically diverse workforce.

The proposed complexes could help people like Dysart Unified School District teachers, entry-level employees at Luke Air Force Base, Walmart managers and first responders, said Dominium Vice President Owen Metz.

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