Want to vent, or just have a discussion, about the local housing crisis? Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith will host a "community conversation" about the regional housing shortage on Monday, Nov. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Sequoia room of the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center.
The discussion will be part of a series of talks labeled "On the Table," during which groups or individuals from around the area host informal conversations about the regional housing crisis; participants join the conversation over food. The initiative, run by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, is intended, according to its website, to "bring together residents of Silicon Valley to discuss how we can work together to find solutions to the housing challenges facing our region."
"Median home values are very high and it is becoming harder and harder for first-time homebuyers to purchase a home," the foundation says. "Rental prices continue to soar and employers are challenged to retain employees, fewer of whom can afford to live within commuting distance of their jobs."
Visit this map to access the list of other events scheduled in the area. Most will be held Nov. 15.
RSVP for the event by email to Meghan Revolinsky, Menlo Park analyst with the housing and economic development department at firstname.lastname@example.org.