The Milpitas Unified School District (MUSD) made national news this week after putting out a call to its community, asking for rooms for rent for educators…
In an effort to provide affordable housing options to its teachers, MUSD reached out to parents and others, asking if they could open up rental spaces in their houses. At its August 23 meeting, the school board unanimously approved Resolution 2023.4 In Support of Workforce Housing for Milpitas Unified School District Employees.
At press time, 52 responses have come through.
Said Superintendent Cheryl Jordan in a statement, “This is evidence that our entire MUSD Team, which includes our teachers and classified support staff, is valued by our Milpitas community members, parents and caregivers. This is just one way we, as a district and as a community, are working to recruit, retain and support our amazing MUSD educators who may need assistance in finding a place to call home.”
In a letter to the MUSD community, the district mentioned that it had “lost teachers and staff to other districts because of the cost of living in Santa Clara County and the SF Bay Area.”
According to Transparent California’s pay database, teachers average between $47,000 annually yet can earn more than $120,000. On Zillow, the average home price in Milpitas is listed as $1,439,597.
Along with its rooms for rent outreach, MUSD is exploring accessory dwelling units (ADUs) while also coordinating with agencies such as Landed that help secure home loans for educators and city workers. The district is also in dialogue with potential Milpitas developers about them including workforce housing in their projects.
Said Board Vice President Christopher Norwood in an interview with The Beat, “I feel it’s the first step in our journey of figuring out how we make Milpitas appealing. If we tell people that you can come teach here and we can get you a place that’s reasonable on costs, they can do that, until they can save their money and get their own home.”