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RENTAL HOUSING: ISSUES AND POLICY
Affordable housing availability is a major issue on the South Coast, and is the focus of our April Community Forum. For many, rental units provide affordable housing. When area renters are evicted because of demolition, remodeling or condo conversion, they find it difficult to find alternative affordable housing. For this reason, the League of Women Voters of Santa Barbara joined the Rental Housing Roundtable (RHR), which works to find solutions for displaced tenants, including relocation assistance when appropriate, and development of additional affordable position on housing. It addresses the need for “education of state and local communities concerning need for affordable housing and methods by which this can be attained,” as well as “protection of the rights of both tenants and landlords.”
The local League and the Rental Housing Roundtable support a relocation assistance ordinance in the county, similar to one in place in the city of Santa Barbara. Last year, county staff developing the ordinance interviewed representatives of LWVSB as part of a series of stakeholder meetings.
We expect these issues will continue to be of great importance in the future. Please join us on April 21 as we explore them in greater detail.
This event is free and open to the public. Bring a brown bag lunch. Dessert and beverage will be provided. For further information call 403-5224 or 729-2803
Wednesday, April 21, 12 - 2 p.m. Louise Lowry Davis Community Center, De La Vina and Victoria Streets, Santa Barbara
Charles V. Eckert III, SB Rental Property Association
Angie Hacker, SB County Housing and Community Development
Hillary Kleger, Isla Vista Tenants Union
Alex Lambrous, SB Legal Aid Foundation
Veronica Loza, SB City Housing Authority.