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Central Coast Voices: The impact of housing policy on the Central Coast

While all of California is experiencing a housing crisis, the Central Coast may be feeling some of the worst impacts. Two recent studies ranked San Luis Obispo County fifth and seventh for being the least affordable housing market in the nation. The most recent ACTION Vital Signs report found fifty-nine percent of San Luis Obispo County residents reported spending one-third or more of their household income on housing costs in 2016.

Safe, stable, affordable, quality housing is central to the health and vitality of a community. A shortage of affordable housing can cause distress and hardship for individuals and families, as they struggle to meet their basic needs, but it will also affect local companies and organizations, who will have difficulty retaining and recruiting qualified employees, and overtime, impact the larger community.

Join Kris Kington Barker as she speaks with James Worthley, Regional Planning Division Chief for the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments (SLOCOG) and Michael Hopkins-Tucker, Policy Analyst, Peoples’ Self-Help Housing as they discuss how housing policy impacts individuals and the community and the important implications of housing policy on the Central Coast.

Broadcast date: 2/28/19

Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.