To address problems teachers have finding affordable housing, the Los Altos School District collaborates with Los Altos Community Foundation on an electronic bulletin board that matches both new and veteran teachers with residents offering housing.
Now in its third year, the program has helped a number of teachers find local housing. Samantha Randall, a first-grade teacher at Covington School, is among them.
“When I was offered a position with LASD, I was beyond ecstatic,” she said. “Then reality set in as I thought about the cost of housing.”
Randall said the district worked tirelessly to find an option that would work for her and ultimately matched her with another new teacher in the district who was looking for a roommate.
“I appreciate the opportunity and hope it will continue to help new teachers in the area,” she said.
Sasha Rockwell, a fifth-grade teacher at Springer School, also received housing assistance from the program.
“It’s an honor to work at LASD and be part of a community of dedicated educators and leaders,” she said. “I’m also grateful for the district’s help with finding affordable housing. My little cottage in a beautiful garden is only a five-minute bike ride from Springer School.”
Rockwell added that she feels embraced by the community of supportive families, students and educators.
In anticipation of the 2018-2019 school year, the housing program seeks local residents with in-law units, apartments or units with their own entrance open to rent to a teacher.
The rentals units must be available beginning in July or August.