A Northern California school district is testing out a novel solution to its housing shortage for teachers: asking community members to rent them rooms.
The Milpitas Unified School District put out the call to families in late August in response to staff losses and sky-high housing costs that have made it difficult for educators to live near where they work.
Superintendent Cheryl Jordan said in a statement to NPR that the district had already gotten 55 responses to its request.
It was proof that district staff members were “valued by our Milpitas community members, parents and caregivers,” she said.
Spokesperson Scott Forstner said the district had not yet heard from any employees who had secured a unit through the roughly week-old request to families.
The median home price in Milpitas, located just outside San Jose, is $1.3 million, according to Realtor.com.
Roughly 4 in 5 California counties are seeing their median home prices rise year over year, data released in August by the California Association of Realtors shows.
In the last year, the Milpitas Unified School District lost 10 teachers, officials said. Seven moved to “more affordable” communities, and three left California.