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									            The field is ripe…

         And ready for harvest
           Using the servant-leader model to
introduce communities to affordable farm worker housing
                                        Presented by Kristin
 The path of the servant and
the path of the leader are one
               • As advocates for farm
                 workers—who often
                 have no voice in the
                 decisions that shape
                 their own lives—we
                 must not only serve
                 those we seek to
                 help, but also to lead
                 those who have the
                 ability to provide that
                 help to do so.
As servants, we strive to understand
 the needs of those we seek to help

                   We must:
                  • Listen – to the problems and
                    issues concerning farm worker.
                  • Heal – the broken spirits of
                    those hard-working farm
                    worker families.
                  • Persuade – farm workers
                    that there is hope for a better
                  • Work – to build a stronger
                    community of farm workers as
                    well as a stronger community
                    at large
     As leaders, we strive to guide others
    so they might help those we also serve
  We Must:
•Empathize - with the concerns
of civic leaders.

•Bring Awareness - of the
deplorable conditions in which
many farm worker live.

•Persuade – Civic leaders of the
ways in which affordable farm
worker housing can build and
bolster their community.

• Commit - to changing the future
and by providing the foresight
needed to allow leaders to see the
             The issue in context
The problem of finding affordable housing is peculiar
    to farm workers. In order to build empathy and
  understanding for individuals and families whose
    heritage and lifestyle may not be even vaguely
  similar to farm workers, it is helpful to bring about
  awareness of the issue of affordable housing in a
                    broader context.
     Farm workers are not alone
          The top 10 workers in California who cannot
                     afford to buy a home:
According to the California Association of Realtors
(CAR), the median home in California costs $562,380
(as of April 2006). In order to qualify to purchase this
average home, a California worker must earn an
annual income of $127,950, effectively (according to
the federal Dept. of Labor Statistics) pricing the
following workers out of the home-buying market:

    10)    Fast Food Workers —                   $14,350
    9)     Cashiers —                            $20,540
 8)    Building Maintenance Workers —               $24,090
    7)     Administrative Assistants —           $32,830
    6)     Truck Drivers —                       $37,490
     The top 10 workers in California who can’t
            afford to buy a home (cont.) :
5)    Construction Workers $43,620
4)    Nurses $56,140
3)    Firefighters $56,210
2)    Teachers $58,420 (secondary – elementary =$56,43)
1)    Police Officers $64,064
                 The poor among us
    There are more than three million farm workers in the
     United States. More than one million of those work in
     California; toiling for long hours in harsh conditions to
       provide fresh fruits, vegetables and more for our
     bountiful tables. Yet, many farm workers are not only
       unable to buy a home, they live in abject poverty.

Among farm workers, 50% earn less than $7,500 each year (US
                   Department of Labor, 1991).
 The poor suffer more intensely now than ever before in our nation’s
history. They suffer both the pain caused by material lack and all the
problems it produces and the pain caused by ongoing assault on their
           self-esteem by privileged classes (Hooks, 2000).

       In our roles as servant-leaders, we can build
     awareness of the plight of farm workers by making
                    civic leaders aware that
      Envision an inclusive future
After helping civic leaders to become aware of the
  affordable housing problem among farm workers
  and guiding them toward greater empathy toward
this issue, we can provide foresight by helping them
to envision a different kind of future for farm workers
                   and their families.
              Self-Help Housing
In a Mutual Self-Help Housing Program, a group of eight
to 12 low- and very low-income families and individuals
work together under the guidance of a construction
supervisor hired by a nonprofit housing developer. In lieu
of a down payment, those in the program provide labor
as “sweat equity.” Homes in any given program are built
simultaneously, with future owners providing at least 65
percent of all labor. No family moves into their new home
until all in the program are completed. Mutual Self-Help
homeowners have mortgages that are generally far less
than those of standard new or resale homes and the
program — which has seen nearly 25,000 homes built
since 1971 — boasts a delinquency of a mere 3 to 4
             Self-Help is Seamless
Self-Help Housing can
provide an answer to the
affordable housing situation
both farm workers and the
communities in which they
reside. Self-Help housing
does not look like a
housing “project.” In fact,
pride of ownership defines
the homes in self-help
                               Self-help home builder, Calistoga, California
                      Share the dream

        In California:

• 59.7% of adults age 25 or over
  own homes (U.S Census,
• 10% of farm workers own
  homes (Counties of Monterey,

  Helping farm workers and their
     families own homes results
     allows them to share in the
     American Dream, provide a
     stronger foundation for their
     children and build stronger
    communities via hard-working
   individuals who have sacrificed
                         People farm
                         As servant-leaders, we are
                         committed to the growth of people;
                         in this case both farm workers and
                         those who inhabit the communities
                         in which they live. By helping all
                         parties understand the need for
                         affordable farm worker housing and
                         the personal and community
                         benefits it provides, we fulfill our
                         commitment to servant-leadership.
I don’t believe mutual respect is merely a tool to grease the gears of
society. This art has consequences for the people who practice it;
exchange turns people outward – a stance which is necessary to
development of character (Sennett, 2003)

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