Is there a crisis in affordable housing on the Central Coast?

Mar 31, 2016

Broadcast date: 3/31/16

In 2015 the National Association of Home Builders and Wells Fargo housing opportunity index reported San Luis Obispo as the 4th least affordable housing market among regions of similar population size, placing it at the lowest end of the affordability scale in small markets. 

While, housing is generally considered affordable when a household pays no more than 30% of monthly income to housing costs, the Central Coast is sorely lacking in these options. Not only does the shortage of affordable housing cause hardship and distress on individuals and families, as they struggle to meet their own basic needs, but it also impacts local companies and organizations in recruiting qualified employees.

Join host Kris Kington Barker as she speaks with Jefferson Eckels, Executive Director of the Home Builders Association of the Central Coast and Jerry Rioux, Executive Director of the Housing Trust Fund as they discuss the crisis in affordable housing on the Central Coast and how it impacts our community.

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