YES TO PEOPLE
YES TO HOUSING
YES IN MY BACK YARD
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?
Lack of Building
New home construction has plummeted from it's peak, despite higher 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 our cities and most of our neighbors can't afford.
Lack of Protections for Renters
Many, but not all tenants are protected from unjust evictions and 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 broader protections. The tenants who are protected cannot leverage the rights they have, because there are dozens of people competing for their home as soon as they move out.
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. The more it costs to build a home,
the more it will cost to rent or buy that home.
What Can We Do About It?
Change Our Policies
End exclusionary zoning. Make it simpler to build multifamily housing, especially close to jobs and services. This alleviates traffic and lets everyone spend less money on commuting.
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 service workers.
Protect Our Tenants
Form and empower tenant organizations. Pass “just cause” eviction laws. Prohibit rent gouging. Build more apartments in every neighborhood, so tenants have a choice in the market.