Everywhere one travels across the 27th, the refrain remains the same: housing is prohibitively expensive. Yes, affordable housing is to important for our children, and it is equally important for older folks who live on a fixed income. But, it is also key to helping folks live where they work. Many of our teachers and nurses leave our district to work because their housing dictates that they find work--often to the east--that pays more. At the state level, we should be sure that we are giving localities the tools that they need to make housing affordable. This means helping them to encourage development in their service districts, and it means allowing localities to be flexible with their zoning. This includes encouraging infilling, zoning for multi-family housing, rezoning for mixed use, and perhaps even allowing form-based zoning. We should also continue to look to find creative ways to provide affordable rental units.