Parag Gupta is a Program Officer at Mercy Housing, a leading nationwide provider of housing for low-income people, seniors, and people with special needs. Parag has worked in solid waste, coffee, education, sanitation and other industries with a focus of empowering communities across the world. He returned to his native San Francisco Bay Area to stand shoulder to shoulder with folks seeking to make the community more inclusive. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and daughter where he attends public meetings and informs neighbors of pro-housing and pro-transportation initiatives.
Chief Program Officer at Mercy Housing
My parents were immigrants that worked hard to put a roof over our heads… Now that quintessential American Dream seems more and more out of reach for hard working folks across the country.
Why Housing Matters
I scrimped and saved after graduating college to go in on purchasing a house with others. My share eventually allowed me to put a down payment on a home during a time when the housing market was down. I recognize and appreciate my luck. But shelter is too important to be left to luck. It makes me angry that we don’t collectively muster the will power to make sure all our neighbors have a home.
Why I Support YIMBY Action
I appreciate YIMBY Action’s big-tent long term solution-driven approach to alleviating the housing crisis across the nation. We may not solve the housing crisis tomorrow but solve it we will. As Victor Hugo once commented, “Nothing is more powerful than an idea who’s time has come.”