Farmersville cosponsors meeting with Central Valley Empowerment Alliance, Assem. Devon Mathis

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FARMERSVILLE — There is a housing crisis in Tulare County. There are not enough homes to meet demand and when homes and apartments do come on the market the rents and mortgages are rising at a faster rate than the average household income.

No city knows this better than Farmersville were most single family homes are multi-family homes. The city has the highest people per household rate of any community in Tulare County despite the city having some of the lowest home prices in the county. The average household is more than four people (4.16), according to the California Department of Finance. The median housing value in Farmersville is $133,000, $50,000 lower than the rest of the county, according to the U.S. Census.

City Councilmember Ruben Macareno was interested in having a deeper discussion about affordable housing in Tulare County and so he asked the Farmersville City Council to consider hosting a town hall meeting on the topic. The city will cosponsor the event along with the Central Valley Empowerment Alliance, an organization whose mission is to improve access to quality education for immigrant, low-income, and minority families. Macareno said Assemblymembers Devon Mathis (R-Visalia) and Rob Bonta (D-Alameda) will be in attendance along with a panel of experts in the housing industry. The town hall has been set for Monday, April 15. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in city council chambers at the Farmersville Civic Center, 909 W. Visalia Road. For more information, contact Mari Perez-Ruiz, chair of the Central Valley Empowerment Alliance, by calling (916) 396-9944 or emailing [email protected]

Formed in 2017, the Central Valley Empowerment Alliance is a coalition of organizations and community groups from across five counties coming together to address the Central Valley’s economic and educational inequities which have historically disadvantaged immigrants, low-income families, and minority groups. Rooted in the Central Valley and focused on the Kern, Tulare, Kings, Fresno and Madera counties, the Central Valley Empowerment Alliance’s mission is to strengthen Central Valley communities by promoting educational equity and social justice through organizational development and strategic coalition building to impact local, state and national policies by promoting access to higher education and civic engagement through cross-county grassroots community development and self-advocacy.

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