CEO Message: Margarita H. de Escontrias
Cabrillo builds homes for people. However, how many do we need to build? In the State of California, we need to build 180,000 new homes every year. Moreover, state housing law asks every city in California to plan for their fair share of that housing as placement, which should occur everywhere in our state. But, how much do we need here locally?
Ventura County and our 10 incorporated cities are required to plan for 19,158 homes, according to the Regional Housing Needs Analysis (RHNA) goals for the period of 2014-2021. Individual cities are responsible for meeting their assigned housing goals, while the county government is responsible for housing construction in unincorporated areas. Are we close, or on track to meeting these goals? Sadly, no, according to the California Department of Housing and Community Development.
Over the previous eight-year cycle, statewide, we have not been building nearly enough. We need to identify ways to get housing built faster and more efficiently through our regulatory processes. We have state laws in place to ensure housing production. Coming out of the legislative session last year, housing advocates across the state were able to secure the 15 bills in the housing package signed into law. What a victory for us all! However, we must work toward a housing-jobs balance. There is a mismatch between demographics and housing — and between jobs and housing. We are losing jobs in Ventura County and not building enough housing to meet the increasing demands. Let us build right here in our county, YIMBY. Let us create jobs for our folk’s right here! It is not just that we need more supply; it is that we need more supply in the right places.