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Santa Barbara’s housing crisis has led to skyrocketing rents and a surge in working-class Latino families being evicted from their homes without fair reason.
A company called Ivy Apartments is aggressively buying buildings throughout Santa Barbara’s historically Latino Westside, evicting working families with children, converting the buildings into student apartments and dramatically raising rents. Read more about the Ivy evictions here. Evictions by Ivy Apartments and other real estate companies leave families struggling to find a new place to live near their jobs, children’s schools, churches and communities in the neighborhoods they’ve called home for years, sometimes decades.
Yet companies like Ivy are allowed to evict tenants for no reason, because unlike many cities throughout the state, Santa Barbara does not ban “no cause” evictions, making it legal to kick a family out of their home through no fault of their own.
With Santa Barbara’s 1% rental vacancy rate and constantly climbing rents, some families are left sleeping in cars, motels, in the living rooms of family members, or in unsafe conditions renting from slumlords. The most recent data shows over 2,000 children in the Santa Barbara Unified School District living without consistent housing, a doubling from recent years.
Over the past decade, inflation-adjusted rents in Santa Barbara rose by over 30%, while real median household income rose by less than 1%.
To fight the housing crisis in Santa Barbara, we have re-convened a coalition of organizations committed to fighting for renters’ rights in Santa Barbara, the Rental Housing Roundtable. We researched local policies that could ban unfair evictions, met with city councilmembers, and conducted outreach and education in the community.
We are urging the Santa Barbara City Council to pass a Tenants Rights Ordinance that will ban “no cause” evictions and protect the rights of tenants from being kicked out of their homes through no fault of their own, particularly our most vulnerable tenants such as seniors, children, and people with disabilities.
Keep updated on this effort and sign a petition in support of the Tenants Rights Ordinance at santabarbararenters.com.