What We Value
Inclusive & Vibrant Communities
We support housing vouchers to give low-income tenants a choice in their neighborhood
We support a variety of homes in every community to integrate our schools and cities
We support tenants’ rights, homeless shelters, and mental health facilities to make sure everyone has a place to sleep at night
Clean Air & Green Space For Everyone
We support public transit and safe streets to clean up our air and reduce misery from long commute times
We support abundant parks and common spaces to foster community and beautify our towns
We support preserving our prime farm land and our landscape for future generations
Who We Are
Neighbors for More Neighbors
Our group includes retirees, young families, tenants, homeowners, students, and business owners. We make room for everyone in our towns, neighborhoods, and schools – we want more grandmas! More babysitters! More friends, parties, and potlucks!
Transit Enthusiasts & Traffic Haters
Do you love riding your bike to school or work? Do you hate looking for parking downtown? Are you just super-duper into trains? Us too! That’s why we support protected bike lanes, better bus service, and more housing where we work, worship, learn, and shop.
How We Got Started
The Hillside Project
In February of 2019, the 5Cities Homeless Coalition and People's Self-Help Housing joined together to purchase a 3-acre property in Grover Beach with the intent of building a permanent home office for the Coalition, as well as 20 permanently affordable apartments. The location was accessible to jobs, schools, transit, case workers and social services, as well as places to shop and eat. As expected, the neighbors had feelings about this. We began to see large red yard signs that said "Right Idea, Wrong Location!" all around the area. In response, a group of pro-housing neighbors of the Hillside project started organizing support for Hillside, and began distributing our own bright yellow signs reading "HOMES 4 ALL." From that moment on, SLO County YIMBY began making waves, from Paso Robles to Nipomo.
Stuff We've Supported
Housing Elements Across the County
A housing element is a part of cities' and counties' General Plans that is supposed to help local governments assess and address their housing issues, a process that happens every 6-8 years. SLO County and each of our seven cities finalized their housing elements in late 2020. Our group members participated in the HE outreach for the County, SLO, Grover Beach, Pismo Beach, Arroyo Grande, and Atascadero.
SLOCOG Regional Transportation Plan
San Luis Obispo Council of Governments, or SLOCOG, is our own regional collaboration of local governments. Every four years, regional governments are required to plan for their residents' transportation needs, from highways to bike lanes. While our focus is on housing production, many of our members are passionate on transportation issues from both an equity and an environmental lense. Check out the 2019 RTP plan here.
SLO Climate Action Plan
As part of their goal of carbon neutrality by 2030, SLO City staff held a series of stakeholder meetings to improve their Active Transportation Plan. We attended these meetings to promote the importance of housing in the city, streamlining the bus system, and making transit more accessible for new users and those with disabilities. Learn more about the Climate Action Plan here.