Santa Ynez Supported Housing Project

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A supported housing project located in Santa Ynez has just been approved by the Santa Barbara Planning Commission. The commission states they have no choice or veto in the matter due to current state laws. The site will be located right next to the Maverick, a popular local Sant Ynez bar. There will be a site manager as part of the development plan. Typically individuals who require supported housing also have other issues, frequently addiction and/or mental illness - does being next door to a bar sound possibly problematic? Furthermore, anyone checked to see where the closest services are? Other than Recovery Ranch, a drug/alcohol treatment program that takes only private pay covered individuals, the nearest resources for treatment are in Lompoc or Santa Barbara. Not exactly convenient for those with mental health or substance use issues. Has any discussion occurred about a program like this being in a rural, remote from services area and the likelihood these individuals will become homeless due to their underlying conditions?

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PitMix Sep 08, 2020 12:25 PM
Santa Ynez Supported Housing Project

Houseless people are probably already there, this is an attempt to give them housing in their community. Being next to a bar doesn't sound so great, though.

Thomas John Sep 08, 2020 12:38 PM
Santa Ynez Supported Housing Project

Are you sure about this? Or is it just an opinion?

"Typically individuals who require supported housing also have other issues, frequently addiction and/or mental illness"

RHS Sep 08, 2020 01:13 PM
Santa Ynez Supported Housing Project

There is never a "right location" for this housing. Each and every site will be found "inappropriate" by those who really would have no objection to "desireable" housing there. Please be more open to the need. Homeless people come from all over the nation, including Santa Ynez Valley. The idea that they should all be sent to "skid row" in urban places is pretty crude.

a-1599598065 Sep 08, 2020 01:47 PM
Santa Ynez Supported Housing Project

Axiom: low cost housing is built on low-cost land. How does mandate to "give" housing to those who demand it actually work out? Does supply ever exceed demand. And if not, how does it get rationed.

CoastWatch Sep 08, 2020 06:49 PM
Santa Ynez Supported Housing Project

Why are CA homeowners leaving the State in droves....? This is a ridiculous project location. More CA/County Government intervention without any forethought or planning.

PitMix Sep 09, 2020 02:02 PM
Santa Ynez Supported Housing Project

Droves? 1 million low and middle income people left last year. Mostly because of the high cost of housing. Out of 40 million. 2.5%Hardly a drove, and I bet you haven't noticed any less traffic on the 101 because of it. So dramatic!

Shame Sep 09, 2020 07:35 AM
Santa Ynez Supported Housing Project

How are they getting around? And where are they going to go. Not only. The maverick but a casino in walking distance.

SBNatural Sep 09, 2020 08:02 AM
Santa Ynez Supported Housing Project

People who have low incomes need low-income housing. Supported housing targets those with chronic homelessness and disabilities. According to recent data there were five homeless individuals in Santa Ynez at last count (Jan 2020). There will be 30 or more units created. Typically these individuals who require "supported housing" have disabilties like addiction and/or mental health issues that impair their functioning. This means they need more services than simply the presence of a facility manager. From whence are these services going to come? Based on the units being created, the housing and planning people will be importing quite a few previously homeless individuals into the valley and have no local services to help them remain stable. Will this mean the local homeless situation will increase? Stay tuned, you will all find out in time. And those living nearby have my sympathies. Most folks would consider Recovery Ranch to be a good neighbor. But this housing unit without definitive services sounds concerning. If you are worried, make an issue of it, challenge those who are moving ahead with this plan. You have a voice and you have power.

a-1599666342 Sep 09, 2020 08:45 AM
Santa Ynez Supported Housing Project

Plans include five supportive new county hires for 24 hour monitoring of each housing recipient. The goal is to create more government employees; not do anything remotely effective that will solves the vagrancy magnet problems in this state. Build it and they will come - and require hiring even more government employees at full benefits, pensions and union dues. Plenty of empty housing all over this country that can be repurposed for this issue. It must not fall only on California, let alone Santa Barbara County, to build its way out this "homeless" demand, and provide free supported housing for the rest of the nation. End this travesty right now. This project is just one more government employee union power grab. Stop sending local elected officials to Sacramento who do this to us. You have choices this coming election - get to know all the candidates, not just the party machine-endorsed candidates. Then vote your own best interests; not more of the status quo who concentrate their special interest power in Sacramento; not Santa Barbara County. Save our community - no more Sacramento mandates.

rubaiyat Sep 09, 2020 03:41 PM
Santa Ynez Supported Housing Project

The state has mandated that we get 55 gal water per day per person. Enough to shower and do your laundry. Why are we building new housing?

Jence Sep 10, 2020 05:03 AM
Santa Ynez Supported Housing Project

Again-
What’s wrong with Cuyama? Apple Valley? Ridgecrest? Lake Isabella? California Valley? Build the tent city and, hopefully, they will come.

SBNatural Sep 12, 2020 08:50 AM
Santa Ynez Supported Housing Project

So let's see, put a homeless support infrastructure (let's be honest here) to serve the virturally non-existent homeless population in the Santa Ynez Valley, just to ensure the valley develops the quality of life abundant in downtown SB, LA, and the rest of the state. Vote these suckers out, and change the laws. This is insane. Even five "new hires" is the starting point for building homeless services where they never were needed or existed before. Vote. They are sacrificing your quality of life, Valley denziens.

SBNatural Sep 12, 2020 08:55 AM
Santa Ynez Supported Housing Project

Last thing. Five "staff" are not psychiatrists, social workers, the real needs of these individuals. So travel to and from SB or Lompoc will be required. Imagine that is an easy one? Since government cannot and will not protect your neighborhood, and you have no right to preserve the character of your neighborhood, they will turn everwhere into a vast arrary of homeless shelters. Except of course, Nancy Peolosi's neighborhood, or any denzien of Montecito or Hope Ranch, because just like the ritzz side of NYC, those residents have invisible pull. Just look how DiBlazio moved the homeless from the Upper Westsdie of NYC. It's the same in California, they target the areas where the community is not mobilized and lacking the wealth to have huge legal representation to battle such over-reach at every turn.

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