Milpitas Unified School District asks parents if teachers can move in despite high Bay Area rents

MILPITAS, Calif. (KGO) — Most teachers are struggling to make ends meet and with the high cost of living in the Bay Area, Milpitas Unified School District is therefore asking parents for help by renting additional rooms for teachers and the personal.

“Hello MUSD learners and families…” It all started with this greeting from the Superintendent of Milpitas Schools in a video earlier this year.

Then this week, a plea was sent to parents in an e-mail.

“If you have a room to rent in your home and would like to share the housing opportunity with our Milpitas Unified School District educators, please fill out this Google form,” he said.

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Subbu Srinivasan, a resident of Milpitas, said he thought it was a good idea.

“I would, I definitely mean yes because my kids went to the same school district,” he said. “I think housing is the biggest issue facing the Bay Area in general and California as a whole and it is an issue.”

The school district says it’s not just teachers struggling to stay at Milpitas, but all staff. Some have been forced to move to more affordable communities.

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The issue of affordability is a challenge for the neighborhood as housing prices and rentals are very competitive.

“Tech companies like Google, Tesla, Facebook and these high-paying jobs, so it’s very difficult for the average person,” said Shawn Shergill, who also lives in Milpitas.

There is real national concern for teachers.

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For example, Airbnb keeps track of its hosts. Unsurprisingly, teachers are one of them.

A new report released Tuesday found that nearly 20% of all U.S. Airbnb hosts identify as educators or live with one. California is the first state.

“Their income from hosting has actually gone to cover the rising cost of living. Certainly one of the main reasons so many people turn to hosting is to supplement their income,” said Liz DeBold. Fusco from Airbnb.

According to Airbnb, local educators in California earned more than $43 million from hosting in 2021. That’s if they can afford to own a home to begin with.

For those renting, the Milpitas School District says 40 people have responded to their call for rooms so far.

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