Surveyors Trained for Farmworker Housing Study

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News Date: 
June 14, 2017
Training for surveyors who will be interviewing farmworkers about housing needs

This month, the California Institute for Rural Studies trained 20 local people to interview farmworkers this summer about housing.  The information from the surveys will be analyzed to learn about farmworker housing conditions and needs.  The survey data and research on farmworker housing projects and best practices will  help develop a regional Action Plan for Farmworker Housing at the end of the year.

Agricultural employers are assisting by introducing the surveyors to their employees. All interviews are voluntary and the information is confidential.  

The City of Salinas is coordinating the Farmworker Housing Study and Action Plan for the Salinas Valley and Pajaro Valley.  The Study and Action Plan is guided by a 25 member Oversight Committee of representatives of local governments, agricultural businesses, farmworker and community groups, and affordable housing developers. Funding contributors include the Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments (AMBAG); the cities of Gonzales, Greenfield, King City, Soledad and Watsonville; Monterey County United Way, MidPen Housing, Monterey County Housing Authority, and Monterey County Housing Development Corporation.