Housing conference calls for new supply, development

Housing conference calls for new supply, development

By   /   Friday, May 19th, 2017  / Pacific Business Coast Times  

Some of the region’s most prominent housing experts converged in downtown Santa Barbara on May 19 for an all-day conference hosted by the Coastal Housing Coalition.

In the morning’s keynote speech, Matthew Fienup, executive director of the Center for Economic Research and Forecasting at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, said the high cost of housing is driven by a lack of development, and policy makers must consider all options to escape the region’s housing costs.

“People are leaving Ventura County to seek economic opportunity,” Fienup said. “It’s very difficult for the workforce to make a go.”

Slow-growth policies in the Tri-Counties, Fienup said, have created a scarcity of housing. In areas that are developable, the housing costs are high, but land where development is not allowed drops in value. He said Ventura’s SOAR initiative, Save Open-Space and Agricultural Resources, has made housing less reachable and affordable.

He said 55,000 people who live in Ventura County drive at least 45 minutes to get to work; another 11,000 commute for at least 90 minutes to get to work.

Fienup said policy makers need to give developers economic incentives to develop.

“Fundamental change is still possible,” he said.

Also today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley, D-Westlake Village, announced that NeighborWorks America, a public nonprofit established by Congress, awarded a $415,333 grant to the Cabrillo Economic Development Corp. to create more affordable housing in Ventura.

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Housing Conference Co-Chairs Named

Published March 30, 2017 by Noozhawk 


Ellen Bildsten and Jon Standring are the 2017 co-chairs of the 4th Annual Santa Barbara Housing Coalition, it was announced by Craig Minus, board president of Coastal Housing Coalition, the conference host.

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Ellen Bildsten

The educational event will be held 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Friday, May 19, at Carrillo Recreation Center, 100 E. Carrillo St.

The conference theme is Road to Housing. In addition to networking and a keynote speaker, the event will feature a choice of morning and afternoon educational workshops, and a panel discussion on timely housing topics.

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Jon Standring

Bildsten is the principle architect at Bildsten Architecture and Planning. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Architecture from the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning at Cornell University.

A UCSB graduate, Standring is founder and president of Beachside Partners, a real estate-investment brokerage focused on commercial and residential assets on the South Coast.

More than 200 conference attendees are expected, including housing providers, developers, business and government leaders, nonprofits, architects, real estate professionals, financial institution managers, elected officials, employers, and interested community members.

Tickets are $110 in advance, $140 at the door and include breakfast, lunch, educational workshops, networking, vendor booths, plenary sessions, souvenir program, and concluding wine reception.

Sponsorships are available at $500, $1,000, $3,000, $5,000 and $7,500 (title sponsor), which include tickets, publicity, booth space, and banner privileges, according to sponsor level.

The Coastal Housing Coalition is a nonprofit organization founded in 2005 dedicated to finding solutions to the South Coast’s housing crisis and reversing the adverse impacts of the lack of workforce housing is having on our economy, environment, and civic life.

For more info, to register or purchase a sponsorship visit  or, email, or phone 570-1250.

— Rochelle Rose for Coastal Housing Coalition.


2016 Santa Barbara Housing Conference Video (KEYT)

The CHC  is preparing for  4th Annual Santa Barbara Housing Conference on May 19, 2017.  Tickets and sponsorships can be purchased by clicking here!

Here is a recap of the 2016 Housing Conference, courtesy of KEYT: