The daily phone calls at City Hall from people seeking affordable housing options are a constant reminder of how demand continues to outstrip supply. And with the demise of local redevelopment, officials warn there’s little chance of the trend reversing any time soon.
“We hear these people and their situations on a daily basis,” said Peter Zovak, Glendale’s deputy housing director. “We know it continues to be difficult.”
For every new project, there are thousands of interested applicants. The wait list for a federally funded rental subsidy has been closed since 2001.
And now with one of the main sources of funding for affordable housing — redevelopment — gone and others continually on the decline, the future looks bleak.
“The future of affordable housing becomes more problematic, as what was always a challenging endeavor has now become even more difficult,” Zovak said in an email. “We will be producing less affordable housing in Glendale and California, yet the need continues to rise.”