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Making Pasadena Affordable

If affordable housing has long been an issue in Pasadena, the City Council is looking at initiatives to make the city more rental-friendly, as well as convince its own city employees to actually live in the area, reports the Star-News. Initiatives include incentives for projects that include at least 30 percent work-force housing, reserving $2 million for the extension and expansion of affordable housing covenants, and establishing a Homeless Prevention Program. Assistant City Manager Brian Williams calls the affordable housing situation a "daunting crisis," while Mayor Bill Bogaard says caution is needed given that some of the longer initiatives would "require millions of dollars."
· Council weighs housing issues [Pasadena Star News]