Housing is a difficult subject in the Estero Bay region, as there is so little available. Traditional housing can be approached by contacting HASLO (Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo - 487 Leff St., San Luis Obispo -805-543-4478), HomeShare (805-215-5474, homeshareslo.org), and by contacting various apartment complexes directly. Below are listed some non-traditional types of housing.
New Rent Control Bill Signed Into Law October 8, 2019
Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 1482 on October 8 which will limit annual rent increases to 5% plus inflation, and bans landlords from evicting tenants for no reason. The bill does not take effect until Janiary 1, 2020, but would apply to rent increases on or after March 15, 2019, to prevent landlords from raising rents just before the caps go into place. This bill is an atttempt to tackle the homeless crisis.
Rent Gouging Prohibited by California State of Emergency
Because of the high risk of wildfires, Governor Newson declared a State of Emergency on March 22, which appears to trigger California Penal Code 396 prohibiting price gouging, (an increase over 10%) for necessary goods and services.
For tenants in CA facing high rent increases, this would mean that any increase over 10% is prohibited.
There is a narrow exception for price increases over 10% if the landlord proves that the price increase is directly related to cost increases.
Tenants who face rent increasess over 10% in areas where the State of Emergency has been declared should seek help immediately. Resoources include local legal aid offices and local district attorneys. Price gouging tenants is not just a civil violation, but a criminal misdemeanor under the law.
Homes on Wheels Alliance
Homes on Wheels Alliance (HOWA) is a charitable 501c3organization that assists individuals with a nomad lifestyle in acchieving sustainable personal and economic self-sufficiency by focusing on providing safe and secure unconventional housing and an economic safety net.
Hopes Village - Becky Jorgenson - 805-234-5478 Hopes Village is actively advocating for tiny homes as an alternative to traditional housing. They are currently searching for a large parcel of land on which to site the tiny homes. Currently they are working with Cal Poly SLO who is building two tiny homes per year as part of their Construction program.
September 2019 - Morro Bay Contributes the 93rd trailer through Hopes Village to a homeless Vet! Bravo!
Cal Poly Students Build Tiny Houses
Hopes Village is happy to announce that Cal Poly Construction Management Students are building tiny cabins on wheels each quarter for the soon-to-be sustainable community village in SLO. Presently 2 classes are building 2 tiny houses - one quarter the foundation is built - the next quarter the walls. What a great way to teach young people to take care of our own! Thanks for the update Becky Jorgenson of Hopes Village!
From KSBY News, March 7, 2019
Tiny Homes now Allowed in some San Luis Obispo Backyard
San Luis Obispo homeowners can now legally bring tiny homes on wheels onto their property.
In November, the San Luis Obispo City Council approved an ordinance allowing tiny homes in city limits. The ordinance defined tiny homes as being no larger yhan 400 square feet excluding loft areas. The home must also be installed on a trailer that is registered with the DMV.
A nonprofit called SmartShare Housing Solutions says the first applicant is expected to meet with city planners to get the permit process started.
Tiny homes have been a major topic in cities across the country, including San Luis Obispo. They could provide an affordable housing option for many people amid the housing crisis across California.
SmartShare Housing says San Luis Obispo could be a model for other communities across the state and beyond.
According to the nonprofit, the homes could cost anywhere from $50,000 to $100,000 depending on the type of unit and the lot.
Easy to Build Shelters Help Cities Quickly Provide Cover for the Homeless
Officials in Tocoma,Washington are using these shelters to get a roof over people's heads quickly while they wait for more permanent housing. Originally built for disaster relief, these shelters from Pallet cost between $3500 to $7500 depending on size and additions.
Lately, many new types of low-cost and innovative homes can be found on Facebook or by using Google.
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