Santa Ynez Supported Housing Project
By an edhat reader
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?