Building Our Shared Future
Rev. Kristopher Tate
I am Reverend Kris Tate, and I am the senior minister at Glendale First United Methodist Church. Glendale First has been a part of our community for more than one hundred four years, and during that time, we have been passionately involved in making a positive impact in the lives of those in our congregation and our community as a whole. The current reality in Glendale is that as a city of roughly 197,000 people, more than 38%, or roughly 76,000 residents are overburdened with their rent. This means they are spending more than 30% of their monthly income towards their rental expense. To further compound this problem, Glendale is one of the top 10 communities in the nation where home prices have risen the most during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The average home price now in Glendale is $1,050,000! All these factors are significantly limiting who can be a part of our community. To combat this, Glendale First is exploring a truly bold vision for our future. We are beginning the work to transform a portion of our property into affordable housing so more and more diverse people can have the opportunity to live in this great city. As a result of preliminary conversations with officials from the City of Glendale, there is the potential possibility for us to develop as many as 400 affordable housing units on our site which will have a significant impact on improving housing accessibility. Will you partner with us to provide more affordable housing in Glendale?