Mark your Calendar! The Coastal Housing Coalition presents the 5th Annual Santa Barbara Housing Conference:

Friday, May 18, 2018 

8:30am - 3:30pm

Carrillo Recreation Center

Once again Santa Barbara County's only housing conference will feature lots of networking, a dynamic speaker, choice of educational workshops, and expert panel discussions on timely housing topics and issues. Breakfast, lunch and a post-conference wine reception are included. 

Up to 250 attendees, including housing providers, developers, business and government leaders, non-profits, architects, real estate professionals, financial institution managers, vendors, employers and other will attend. We anticipate another sold-out event. 

Sponsorships are available at $500, $1000, $3000, $5000 and  $7,500 (Title Sponsor), which include tickets, publicity, booth space, banner privileges, etc. according to sponsor level. For a description of sponsor benefits and to print our sponsor form, click below: 

For more information on tickets and sponsorships, contact Shannon Batchev at or 805-570-1250

2018 KeyNote Speaker: CaLifornia Senator Scott Wiener

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Wiener authored SB 35 - The Housing Accountability and Affordability Act - which creates a streamlined approval process for housing when cities are not meeting the housing creation goals required by the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA), which will expedite the construction of affordable housing in California. The bill, Senate Bill 35, was central to a broad housing package that will make it easier to build housing.  

In the State Senate, Senator Wiener works to make housing more affordable by confronting California's severe housing shortage; to invest in our transportation systems, including improving and expanding public transportation systems; to increase access to healthcare, and to support working families.

Before being elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Senator Wiener served as Deputy City Attorney in the San Francisco City Attorney's Office. 

He received a Bachelor's Degree from Duke University and a law degree from Harvard Law School. He has lived in San Francisco's Castro neighborhood for over 20 years.  

The 4th Annual Santa Barbara Housing Conference (2017)


Hosted by the Coastal Housing Coalition, the 2017 Annual Santa Barbara Housing Conference was held Friday, May 19, at the historic Carrillo Recreation Center in downtown Santa Barbara. This year’s conference theme was “The Road to Housing.”

A volunteer-run nonprofit organization, CHC held the popular conference for the fourth year. The event is the only housing conference held in Santa Barbara County and featured lots of networking, dynamic keynote speaker Matthew Fienup, Executive Director for the Center for Economic Research and Forecasting (CERF) at California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, choice of morning and afternoon educational workshops, and a plenary panel discussion by local executives on how the high cost of housing affects their businesses. 

The CHC mission is to educate the public about the impacts of the lack of available housing that is within financial reach of local workforce and to advocate for policies and projects that produce more housing that is affordable for local workers.

According to the National Association of Home Builders, Santa Barbara County is the one of the least affordable small metropolitan area housing markets in the nation. Continued exorbitant housing costs make it inconceivable for most people to buy a home, and the rental market is impacted with continuing rental increases, with a less than one percent vacancy rate.

Attendees included housing providers, developers, business and government leaders, non-profits, architects, planners, employers, government staffers, real estate professionals, financial institution managers, employers and employees.

Ellen Bildsten AIA, LEED AP and Jon Standring were the 2017 Co-Chairs of the Conference. Bildsten is the Principle Architect at Bildsten Architecture and Planning. She graduated with a B.Arts and B.Arch from the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning at Cornell University. A UCSB graduate, Standring is Founder and President of Beachside Partners, a real estate investment brokerage focused on commercial and residential assets on the South Coast.

Top sponsors included Yardi, UCSB, Flowers & Associates, Ventura Investment Company, Buynak-Fauver-Archbald-Spray LLP, The Towbes Group, and many others.