We’re excited to announce a newly formed nonprofit organization, the Edwardsville Community Housing Alliance, with the mission of increasing the supply of housing in Edwardsville that is accessible and affordable to persons and families earning $10 to $15 in hourly wages.
We believe that people who work here in Edwardsville should be able to partake of the benefits of living here—people who work in the jobs created by new retail, big box stores, and warehouses, those who serve us and our loved ones in restaurants, day cares, nursing facilities, the essential workers who make Edwardsville a comfortable place to live. They should share in the same benefits, like good schools, safe streets, and welcoming atmosphere that our City boosters are rightly proud of.
The Edwardsville Community Housing Alliance will bring people together to create housing opportunities for working persons and families in Edwardsville. Over the next few years we plan to address disparities of household income and wages by ensuring that a supply of decent and affordable housing is accessible to persons and families earning at or near minimum wage levels.
We welcome allies including persons and families earning $10 to $15 hourly wages, local officials, advocates for equity and racial justice, housing developers, and finance institutions with a track record of creating and supporting the kind of housing that will enable local workers and families to enjoy the benefits of our shared community life.
We’d especially like to provide a forum for people impacted by the current housing market, hear their stories, and share their vision of a good community life.