Healthy, Vibrant, Accessible Communities

SLO County has added almost four times as many jobs as we have built new homes. Most housing is out of reach for young families, seniors, and those who have called the Central Coast their home for generations. We need more places to live for everyone!

How Did It Get This Bad?

Exclusionary Zoning

Multifamily homes are illegal to build on most of our residential land. Design standards like height limits, setbacks, and parking requirements, limit creative ways to build affordable homes. This leads to segregated neighborhoods and schools, exacerbating inequality.

Lack of Funding

Nationally and statewide, subsidized housing has seen dramatic cuts in funding over the last 40 years. The market alone can never meet this need. Housing the poorest residents must become a priority in local, state, and federal budgets, as it once was.

Lack of Building

Our rate of building new homes has plummeted, despite increased demand. Our local graduates, families, and small business owners are competing with retirees and remote workers from SF and LA. What does get built is typically single-family homes that most of our neighbors can't afford.

Expensive & Lengthy Approval Processes

Builders, homeowners, and affordable housing groups all face long approval processes that increase costs, and are subject to personal preferences by appointed advisory bodies. Even if a project complies with all codes and statutes, a commissioner or opponent can mandate changes that can render a new home more expensive, or even infeasible.
The more it costs to build a home,
the more it will cost to rent or buy that home.

Lack of Protections for Renters

Most tenants aren't protected from unjust evictions or rent gouging, leaving thousands homeless and even more neighbors paying too much of their income on rent. State laws have made it essentially illegal to enact basic protections at the city level. What laws we do have are on the burden of the tenant to enforce, and most don't have the money or desire to go to court to do so, even if they know their rights.

What Can We Do About It?

Change Our Policies

End exclusionary zoning. Make it simpler to build multifamily housing, so it can be easier to find a home in everyone's budget.

Build for Everyone

Build subsidized homes for our neediest residents, while also building condos, granny flats, duplexes and infill homes for seniors, young families, students, and local workers.

Protect Our Tenants

Form and empower tenant unions. Pass “just cause” eviction laws. Prohibit rent gouging. Build more apartments in every neighborhood, so tenants have a choice in the market.

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"Monthly Meet-Up" is at 7pm every last Thursday at the LaunchPad in Grover Beach, and on Zoom.

Next Monthly
Thurs August 25th @ 7p

Dana Reserve is a big new mixed-use project in Nipomo. Come listen to a presentation from the owner and builder, Nick Tompkins, and get the facts on it!
Zoom meeting link here