Downtown Watsonville and other areas could see more construction of affordable apartments with new state targets for home building. (Kara Meyberg Guzman — Santa Cruz Local file)
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At the request of Watsonville City Councilmember Maria Orozco, a new workforce housing working group held an initial meeting with representatives from Pajaro Valley Unified School District, Cabrillo College, UC Santa Cruz, the County of Santa Cruz and the City of Watsonville.
The Watsonville City Council plans to hear an update on the effort at its Oct. 24 meeting.
A lack of workforce housing has hampered economic development, job recruitment and youth prospects, according to a city staff report. The new group aims to create projects that add housing and improve economic development, infrastructure, public safety and community engagement, among other aims.
The effort comes as Watsonville is finalizing its draft Housing Element, which will need to plan for at least 2,053 new homes over the next eight years. County leaders also are trying to identify county-owned land for potential new housing, according to a city staff report.