Teachers in a Northern California school district will soon have access to taxpayer-funded housing. Voters in the Jefferson Union High School District in San Mateo County approved a $33 million bond this year for a 116-unit apartment complex that will offer low-cost housing for school teachers and staff, according to The Mercury News in San Jose.
It’s no secret that the Bay Area has the highest cost of living in the nation. Jefferson Union teachers’ modest salaries can make finding affordable local housing a challenge, leaving many with long commutes or sky-high rents that require additional sources of income.
The school district appealed to voters in an attempt to shrink a costly annual staff turnover rate of 20 percent. Voters barely approved the measure in June with it receiving a little more than the 55-percent threshold it needed to pass. —L.E.