It’s not cheap to live in Santa Barbara. Even low-income housing can stretch a family’s budget - and when there’s simply not enough money to write that rent check, a landlord will often issue an eviction notice. For families facing that situation, what happens next?
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It’s been over a month since the mudslide in Montecito, but the community is nowhere near back to normal. Creeks are still getting cleared of boulders and debris. Roadways are packed with dump trucks and construction vehicles. More than a hundred homes were destroyed in the debris flow, and will need to be torn down and rebuilt. Hundreds more are damaged, caked in mud, currently uninhabitable. A team of volunteers have come together to start digging those houses out.
Volunteers pile branches and debris on the side of a Montecito home. Photo credit: Kathryn Barnes/KCRW.
It’s not cheap to live in Santa Barbara. Even housing complexes that cater to low-income workers can stretch a family’s budget - and when there’s simply not enough money to write that rent check, a landlord will often issue an eviction notice. For families facing that situation, what happens next? Sociologist Matthew Desmond moved to Milwaukee and spent months living in trailer parks and low-income apartments, following the lives of poor people who bounce from place to place.
There’s a nine year waitlist for public housing in Santa Barbara, and many private landlords don’t take housing vouchers, meant to subsidize housing costs for low-income residents. How did we get here, and should housing be considered a human right?
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