Largest Business Employers, Government Leaders, Developers among Hundreds Attending Conference to Address Workforce Housing in Santa Barbara
SANTA BARBARA INDEPENDENT: Hosted by the non-profit organization Coastal Housing Coalition, this year’s Santa Barbara Housing Conference is expected to be attended by over 200 prominent attendees including the area’s large, mid, and small employers, housing providers, developers, business and government leaders, non-profit leaders, architects, real estate professionals, and financial institution representatives.
According to the National Association of Homebuilders, Santa Barbara County is the fifth least affordable small housing market in the nation. As Santa Barbara’s affordable housing crisis has escalated, several challenges have arisen within the community including a loss of revenue and local jobs due to increasing rates of workforce commuting, and increased traffic congestion and emissions. High housing costs have impacted the ability of middle-income workers to sustain affordable housing within the area and have spurred a growing population of working poor and homeless persons. With a less than one percent vacancy rate and increasing rent prices, Santa Barbara County presents numerous housing challenges for residents.
At this year’s conference, Dr. McLarney, President of True North Research, will be unveiling the results of Coastal Housing Coalition’s most recent study, which explores how South Santa Barbara County’s housing market impacts business operations and their employees. The key findings will build upon Coastal Housing Coalition’s previous economist-led research study which found a dramatically widening gap between housing prices and household incomes, and a substantial loss of middle-income workers who make up the base of the workforce.
As high housing costs continue to grow in Santa Barbara County, local businesses are less able to attract and retain employees, and professionals and other workers and businesses are moving away from the area at a rapid rate due to exorbitant rent prices.
Paul Zykofsky, AICP, will be the keynote speaker of the 2015 Annual Santa Barbara Housing Conference on April 10th from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the historic and newly-renovated Carrillo Recreation Center in downtown Santa Barbara. Hosted by the Coastal Housing Coalition, this year’s conference theme is “Housing Needs & Opportunities Revealed”.
Zykofsky directs the Local Government Commission headquartered in Sacramento and its programs related to land use and transportation planning, community design, and health.
Sponsors and attendees of the event currently include:
Santa Barbara Association of Realtors
University of California, Santa Barbara
Housing Authority of the County of SB
Housing Authority of the City of SB
Cottage Health System
Mesa Lane Partners
Deckers Outdoor Corporation
Santa Barbara Foundation
City of Goleta
City of Ventura
Montecito Bank & Trust
Community Environmental Council
First American Title
RRM Design Group
Brownstein Farber Hyatt Schreck
Bank of Santa Barbara
Impluse Advanced Communications
Stantec (Penfield & Smith)
Susan Elledge Planning & Permits
Coastal Housing Partnership
People’s Self Help Housing
American Institute of Architects
and many others…
Tickets and sponsorships may be purchased at the organization’s website www.coastalhousing.com
Registration fee is $95 per person before April 3 and $125 after April 3 and at the door. Cost includes breakfast, lunch, and post-conference wine reception.
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