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On this week’s Issues & Ideas, one Central Coast community is helping teachers fight affordability issues by housing them on school district land. 

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$5.5 million dollars was awarded to San Luis Obispo County homeless agencies and organizations this week. It came from a pool of hundreds of millions in state grants offered to help house the homeless and create services for homeless youth in counties across California. At Tuesday’s board of supervisors meeting, many in attendance were excited about the generous new funding opportunities, but many others weren’t happy with where the money may be spent in south San Luis Obispo County.

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"A 30-year-old San Luis Obispo city law is causing Cal Poly students to live off lease and it may be illegal." That's the headline of a recent article by Cal Poly student media outlet Mustang News. Student reporter Ashley Ladin stopped by the KCBX studios to discuss her story about the law, how students navigate it and what is—or isn’t being done—to change it.

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.

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The county board of supervisors have agreed on a plan to help build affordable homes for the county’s workforce. But while the move is being heralded for bipartisan—and multilateral—agreement, some say the real work is still to come.

Midterms 2018: San Luis Obispo mayoral race

Oct 29, 2018

In the city of San Luis Obispo, three candidates appear on the ballot for mayor: Heidi Harmon, Keith Gurnee, and Donald Hedrick.

Midterms 2018: Proposition 1

Oct 29, 2018
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Proposition 1 is called the Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond Act of 2018, but only a quarter of the money goes to housing programs for vets.

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Redwood City approved more than a year ago the kind of affordable-housing project California desperately needs: a 20-unit building, downtown, near transit lines, in the heart of Silicon Valley, where the state’s housing crisis is most severe. The developer was a nonprofit, Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco. But today the lot remains vacant, except for a row of portable toilets, a trailer and a dumpster.

New study shows severe overcrowding in farmworkers’ homes

Apr 26, 2018
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Monterey County's multi-billion dollar farming industry depends on thousands of farmworkers. But a new study finds there’s a tremendous lack of housing for them. 

Housing on the Central Coast: affordable to whom?

Mar 25, 2018
Randol White/KCBX News

Can the Central Coast ever be an affordable place to live? That question was pondered Thursday at the San Luis Obispo County Housing Summit. Local leaders, city planners, home builders, and realtors from across the state met to share experiences in creating affordable housing. But the big question being asked is, what kind of housing is necessary? 

Brown brings housing bills home

Sep 29, 2017
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Governor Jerry Brown has signed a package of 15 bills intended to drive down California’s high housing costs, but not without throwing a little shade at the people who worked to get the measures to his desk. 

Governor, democratic leaders reach agreement on major pieces of housing deal

Aug 29, 2017
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California Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative Democrats have reached a housing deal at the state Capitol that includes a $4 billion bond, a new fee on real estate transaction documents, and several efforts to streamline new development projects. Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports on the agreement. 

CA lawmakers seek to streamline affordable housing approval

Aug 14, 2017
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California lawmakers are weighing several ideas to encourage – or force – cities and counties to speed up the approval process for housing projects. The proposals are part of negotiations between Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders to address California’s high housing costs.

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Cal Poly students who signed up to live in a private bedroom this coming school year won’t be living alone after all. The incoming class is the projected largest in Cal Poly’s history, and that means more students will need housing in an already tight market. 

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On Tuesday evening, city officials in San Luis Obispo approved the proposed San Luis Ranch housing development. The city council voted unanimously in favor of the project, which calls for the phased construction of 580 homes, as well as commercial and office space and a 200-room hotel. The building site is 130 acres adjacent to Highway 101 between the Madonna Road and Los Osos Valley Road exits.

Habitat for Humanity for San Luis Obispo County, Facebook

A Habitat for Humanity project in Paso Robles is such a success that it’s becoming an example for the organization of how to best use resources. 

Broadcast date: 5/26/16

The purpose of HomeShareSLO is connecting people and homes. 

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. 

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A project aimed at bringing more affordable housing into the City of San Luis Obispo is moving forward after closing escrow on the land last week. 

Proposed Laetitia housing development will soon go before SLO County Planning

May 27, 2015
Karen Garcia, KCBX Newsroom

Laetitia Vineyards has been working on a project to build small groups of houses on property it owns between Arroyo Grande and Nipomo, while maintaining much of the grape vines that are currently there. The industry refers to this type of development as an ag cluster.

We were given a tour of the area surrounding the vineyards by neighbor Tim Toomey, who lives just a few minutes away from the entrance of the proposed housing project.

"My family has been in this area for five generations, this land here was part of the original rancho Nipomo," he said.  

Peoples' Self-Help Housing Facebook Page

Peoples' Self-Help Housing (PSHH) started 45 years ago in San Luis Obispo County, and since then has spread to Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties.

Current PSHH President John Fowler joined KCBX News Director Randol White to discuss the organization's history, as well as it's current achievements and challenges.

Fowler shared that PSHH—which has always been focuses on housing for low-income families and individuals—is considering an expansion into the much needed arena of work-force housing on the Central Coast.

http://masterplan.calpoly.edu/

University leaders are sharing new plans for how to deal with an expanding Cal Poly over the next 20 years.

They are considering two versions for a Master Plan.

One continues with the quarter system, using an expanded campus. The other would use increased summer enrollment to handle more students.

Linda Dalton is the interim university planning officer