Grassroots survey highlights Central Coast housing crisis

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Ventura and Santa Barbara County have some of the highest levels of rent burden in the state, with 55% of renters paying over 30% of their income in housing costs. Photo courtesy of CAUSE.

In the past five years, rents in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties have increased by 27%, while median wages have only grown by 8%, according to a new housing report released by the social justice organization CAUSE. It examines the challenges working-class and immigrant families face when it comes to renting and buying homes along the Central Coast. KCRW takes a look at the report and speaks with Santa Barbara City Mayor Cathy Murillo about what’s being done to produce affordable housing locally.




Matt Guilhem


Kathryn Barnes