Sedona, AZ — I support “Safe Place To Park” and commend the city staff and council for this forward-thinking social program.
Sedona is a beautiful city but is not a real community because of the imbalance in housing caused by the state of Arizona SB-1350’s ban on local control of STRs and the loss of affordable housing.
We should all support Sedona’s effort to start a pilot plan to help with worker housing, even if that housing is a car or van.
There will likely be a learning curve, but the city staff can manage and make the necessary changes as the project progresses.
Sedona is one of the most expensive places to live in America. Very few people can afford to rent or purchase a home. This program will be a short-term stopgap for local workers until they can settle into more permanent housing.
Just because people work hourly jobs, and in some cases many “Gigs,” they are citizens of Sedona and should be treated as such. Property ownership instills no special privileges, and we should remember we all struggled at some point.
A real community comprises people of all ages and various social backgrounds. Some people are just starting their careers, and others are ending theirs. Let’s not be judgmental, but instead, let’s lend a helping hand. Living in Sedona is not an earned privilege.
By : Steve Segner