S. E. Williams |

San Bernardino County hosted members of the California State Assembly earlier this month for a round table discussion regarding the production of affordable housing in response to the continuing housing crisis in the state.

Assemblymember Eloise Reyes who represents the 47th Assembly District (San Bernardino), invited 19 of her Assembly colleagues to the inland region to visit some of the solutions developed by the county in its quest to provide affordable housing.

In addition to a round table discussion, the group visited the Bloomington Grove Affordable Housing development and the Bloomington Branch library, and also toured the Arrowhead Grove community and the Pacific Village campus in San Bernardino,.

Commenting about the need for partnerships between local  and state governments as well as  finance and development teams, to be able to find creative solutions to building more affordable housing, San Bernardino’s Community and Housing Department Director, Gary Hallen, stated, “Partnerships are so important in financing, planning, and constructing affordable housing.”

He continued, “Without partnerships, the counties can’t do it alone, the cities can’t do it alone. You need to work with your local government, state government, and finance and development teams to be able to find creative solutions to build more affordable housing.”

S.E. Williams

Stephanie Williams is executive editor of the IE Voice and Black Voice News. A longtime champion for civil rights and social justice in all its forms, she is also an advocate for government transparency and committed to ferreting out and exposing government corruption. Over the years Stephanie has reported for other publications in the inland region and Los Angeles and received awards from the California News Publishers Association for her investigative reporting and Ethnic Media Services for her weekly column, Keeping it Real. She also served as a Health Journalism Fellow with the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism. Contact Stephanie with tips, comments. or concerns at myopinion@ievoice.com.