Amidst all of this the struggle, there are still success stories. Meet Bryant and Mackenzie, two dedicated community members who have worked at the Boys and Girls Club and volunteered countless hours in Salida. They have just achieved a lifelong dream: purchasing their first home. It's a milestone that many in Salida thought was unattainable, but Bryant and Mackenzie proved that with hard work and perseverance, anything is possible.
There's just one catch: they had to leave Salida to make it happen.
In order to achieve the stability and security of homeownership, Bryant and Mackenzie had to leave the town they love. The rising cost of rent and the lack of affordable housing options made it impossible for them to stay. But what does this mean for the future of Salida?
The reality is, Bryant and Mackenzie are not alone. Many core community members, the very people who keep Salida thriving, are being priced out of their own town. Without affordable housing options, they are forced to leave in search of stability and security. When they go, they take with them their skills, their passion, and their dedication to the community. Bryant and Mackenzie's success is cause for celebration, but it's also a wake-up call. Salida needs to take action to ensure that all of its residents can afford to live and work in the town they call home.