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Implications of Housing Assistance Needs

Given that responses to the housing survey CSU systemwide were generally positive, it is not surprising that over 70 percent of CSUS faculty, support staff, and MPP staff (even higher response rate), including more than half of those who have to relocate as a result of accepting a position with CSUS, reported being "satisfied" or "very satisfied" with the current housing situation. They also indicated that housing issues would not be their reason for leaving the University. However, if on-campus housing were available, thirty-seven percent would have used it when they were hired. Housing assistance programs would be beneficial to these full-time current CSUS employees, especially in the area of a) down payment, b) loan information, c) closing costs assistance, and d) monthly mortgage.

It is important to know that housing issues may vary depending upon the geographical location. With very limited information we received from the Chancellors Office, the overall results of this study must be referenced with caution. According to Sacbee.com (May 2001), if the state Capitol weren't consumed with worry about the price and reliability of electricity, chances are that lawmakers would be worrying instead this year about the price and availability of housing. For years, building, particularly of apartments, hasn't kept up with the number of new residents and jobs. The result has been rising prices, sprawl and economic hardship up and down the state.

Rents have soared 46 percent in San Diego since 1996. In the Silicon Valley, high prices and rents have made it impossible for middle-class workers to buy a house or rent an apartment, forcing thousands of Bay Area workers to flee to the Central Valley to find a place to live. This has put more pressure on prices and availability of housing in Sacramento, making it difficult for lower-income people to find or afford their own shelter. Due to the lack of affordable housing as a key barrier to continued economic success, the future results of this study are not guaranteed to be as favorable as they are today. Without any housing assistance program, CSU employees may find it hard to live in a society none of them can afford.