In Case You Missed It: New Study Shows Ten Thousand Solano County Residents Lack Access to Affordable Housing

Study highlights urgent need for City of Fairfield to support 300 units of affordable housing that now sit vacant

More than 10,100 Solano County residents do not have access to affordable housing, according to a new report from the California Housing Partnership.

According to the report, 59% of very-low income and 26% of low-income households in Solano County are paying over half their income on housing costs. As the County’s affordable housing deficit exceeds 10,000 homes, renters in Solano County need to earn more than $31 per hour – more than double the state’s minimum wage – to afford the average rent of $1,634 per month.

Despite the dire numbers in the report, the City of Fairfield continues to thwart efforts to rehabilitate 300 units of former military housing into 100 percent affordable housing for families and veterans. The Georgetown project, adjacent to Travis Air Force Base, is supported by a broad coalition of veterans, faith leaders, labor and affordable housing advocates.

Georgetown would house nearly 1,000 low and very-low income residents in safe and affordable two-, three- and four-bedroom townhomes. Forty-eight units are earmarked as supportive housing for low-income veterans, who would have access to healthcare and other services located on Travis AFB.

Fairfield continues to shirk its responsibilities to house its most vulnerable residents and is short 404 low and 779 very low-income units as required as part of the Regional Housing Needs Allocation numbers for the City. Georgetown would more than double the number of low- and very low-income units that the City has permitted in the last seven years, making a significant dent in their affordable housing deficit.

The affordable homes at Georgetown are supported by a growing coalition of housing groups and community organizations, including Disabled American Veterans, Department of CA, California YIMBY, Napa-Solano Building & Construction Trades Council, the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California, and others.

More information about the Georgetown Project is available at HousingForHundreds.com.