WINE COUNTRY AFFORDABLE HOUSING
As you’re probably aware, we’ve recently lived through some of the most devastating wildfires in the history of the state. Many thousands of homes were lost, including more than three thousand in the city of Santa Rosa, alone. Between five and ten percent of the shelter in a city of 180,000 people disappeared overnight.
Even before this tragedy, Wine Country already suffered from a critical lack of affordable housing. Since the fires, the problem has gotten desperate. It’s not just the people who’ve lost their homes whose lives have been impacted. Prices to rent and purchase, already prohibitively high, have exploded under the pressure of increased demand.
I feel that those of us who love this place – whether we live here, have family here, or come to visit – have a responsibility to do something. To that end, I’m starting a fund called Wine Country Affordable Housing and establishing a fundraising goal of one million dollars.
To kick things off, we’re having a raffle for a Wine Country vacation package that includes an exclusive vineyard stay, one of a kind meals and tasting experiences, and a case of Hawkes wine from our library. Please give all you can.