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i <br /> December 7, 2021 <br /> 17701 Cowan Ave.,Suite 200 <br /> City Council Irvine,CA 92614 <br /> City of Santa Ana 949 250 0909 <br /> 20 Civic Center Plaza <br /> P.O. Bo 1988, M31 <br /> Santa Ana, CA 92701 <br /> Re: Item 9: Strengthen Housing Opportunity Ordinance and Affordable Housing Funds Policies <br /> and Procedures <br /> Dear Mayor and City Council Members, <br /> The Kennedy Commission (the Commission) is a broad-based coalition of residents and community <br /> organizations that advocates for the production of homes affordable for families earning less than <br /> $27,000 annually in Orange County. Formed in 2001, the Commission has been successful in partnering <br /> and working with Orange County jurisdictions to create effective housing and land-use policies that has <br /> led to the new construction of homes affordable to lower-income working families. <br /> We are writing to support the amendments to the Housing Opportunity Ordinance and Affordable <br /> Housing Funds Policies. The changes will ensure that development in the City addresses housing needs <br /> for all residents in a balanced manner. Many working families in Santa Ana continue to be impacted by <br /> the rising cost of housing and the scarce housing opportunities available at rents they can afford. In <br /> addition, many continue to face economic uncertainty because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The <br /> creation of housing at all income levels is vital to our recovery and will provide stability for the majority <br /> of Santa Ana residents that are struggling with housing availability and cost that existed long before the <br /> pandemic. It is crucial that the City strengthen the Housing Opportunity Ordinance (HOO) to ensure that <br /> housing opportunities are available for all residents in Santa Ana along with new housing options being <br /> created in the City. <br /> The City of Santa Ana is a renter majority city and despite the City's progress towards meeting its <br /> Regional Housing Needs Assessment(RHNA) allocation for very low- and low- income housing, there <br /> continues to be a great need for housing that is affordable to its residents. The current pandemic has <br /> increased the economic and housing pressures on low-income families in Santa Ana. As incomes are <br /> decreasing and jobs are being lost, many low-income families are struggling to remain housed. This is <br /> especially true for the majority of Santa Ana's low-income households that are suffering with the impacts <br /> of housing cost and economic uncertainty. According to the City's local data, 70 % of Santa Ana renters <br /> are low and very low-income renters. 80% of renters in Santa Ana fall into the moderate, low- and very <br /> low-income categories and 84 % of residents hold low-income occupations that pay less than $53,500 per <br />