According to a recent survey distributed by the Housing Authority City of Santa Barbara (HACSB), tenants and landlords are interested in becoming better educated on housing priorities and issues unique to our region. The hot-button topics includes tenant rights and responsibilities, resources for rent and mortgage relief during the COVID-19 economic downturn, rental mediation and workforce housing. To address these and other important housing matters, 2nd story will host the 3rd annual Housing Santa Barbara Day, which has been expanded to a 5-day virtual event with workshops on Saturday, October 24th, Monday the 26th, Tuesday the 27th, Wednesday the 28th and Thursday the 29th. All workshops are free with online registration; to sign up, click here.
Jerry Morales, workshop organizer and leasing agent for HACSB says that, “We’re excited that we have been able to expand the number of workshops from 3 to 8 this year! We will be recording them and making them available for viewing from the HousingSantaBarbara.org website. They will also be translated into Spanish with subtitles with the exception of the workshop on Resources for undocumented households; that workshop will be held in Spanish and translated with subtitles into English.”
The tentative schedule is:
Main Speaker – Saturday October 24th 10:00am
Workshops to follow on Saturday:
- 10:30 am – 11:30 am – Tenant Rights and Responsibilities
- 11:30 am – 12:30 pm – Resources for Tenants and Landlords for rent and mortgage relief
- 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm – Rental Mediation
- 1:30 pm – Workforce Housing
Weekday Workshops: beginning at 5:30pm
- Monday, October 26th – Resources for undocumented households
- Tuesday, October 27th – Accessory Dwelling Units (46.4%) –
- Wednesday October 28th – Emergency Disaster Preparedness
- Thursday, October 29th – Home Ownership Programs
October is National Housing America Month, a time when communities throughout the country celebrate local housing efforts and a time to raise awareness for the need for additional affordable housing through education, advocacy, and empowerment. “Rob Fredericks, Executive Director and CEO of the Housing Authority states that “This month is also the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara’s 51st year of working to make affordable homes available to low-income families, seniors and disabled individuals through a variety of programs. While we have provided help to many, there is much more to be done and this virtual venue brings together our local housing and service providers to raise awareness and highlight the need for more affordable housing across all income ranges.”
To register please visit www.hacsb.org.
About The Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara
The Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara is a local public agency created for the purpose of providing safe, decent, and quality affordable housing and supportive services to eligible persons with limited incomes, through a variety of federal, state, local and private resources. Since 1969, the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara has developed and/or secured over 4,000 units of affordable rental housing for Santa Barbara through a variety of federal, state, local and private funding sources. Please visit the website at hacsb.org.