Grace Hase/Los Altos Town Crier
Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian, at the podium, moderates a town hall on affordable housing for teachers. Teachers from local school districts shared with Simitian their struggles to afford living in an expensive housing market.
At the Peninsula Teacher Town Hall last week, local teachers told horror stories of enduring two-hour commutes, living in their childhood bedrooms and coming to the realization that they would never be able to own a home in Silicon Valley.
Co-sponsored by Bay Area Forward and Support Teacher Housing, the town hall, held at Almond School March 27, focused on the “missing middle”: people who make too much money to qualify for affordable housing but not enough to buy a house in the area. Teachers are a large part of the missing middle, and they showed up in droves to vent their frustration. Dozens of teachers from the Mountain View Los Altos Union High District and the Los Altos School District packed the Almond library to tell their stories to Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian.