Shavell Crawford

My fiancée is an accountant and I’m an executive assistant, and we have to have roommates just to make ends meet. We were engaged in June and want to get married, but right now our wedding is on pause because, even working full time, we can’t afford to live on our own.

We love San Jose and we want to get married here and raise a family here. San Jose has everything—except for housing. For San Jose to be a strong city, it needs middle-class families like ours as well as teachers, mechanics, firefighters, nurses, electricians and everyone who makes this city work.

I’m for Measure V because it will provide the real housing solutions that help young families stay in San Jose.”