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Working-class communities of color have been on the front lines of California’s housing crisis, experiencing housing insecurity, displacement, and gentrification across the state.  This crisis has deepened for communities impacted most by COVID-19 job losses, depleting savings and pushing families into debt, bringing new urgency to addressing our housing affordability crisis. This panel will explore best practice policies to strengthen tenant protections and build and preserve affordable housing. Join us to learn about long-term solutions to the housing crisis beyond the pandemic for communities across the Central Coast.




Deepa Varma- Program and Campaign Director Tenants Together

Meagan Harmon- Santa Barbara City Councilmember, District 6

Veronica Garcia- Chief Real Estate Development Officer, People’s Self Help Housing

Gustavo Almarosa- Director of Real Estate Development, Cabrillo Economic Development