Report to highlight impacted renters in working-class immigrant neighborhoods

Social justice advocacy group Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy (CA– USE) will be releasing a report on the housing crisis affecting renters in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties at a press conference to be held on Tuesday, December 10th at 10:00am.

The report highlights the results of hundreds of surveys collected from the most severely impacted renters in working-class immigrant neighborhoods throughout the summer of 2019. Of those surveyed, 43% had experienced a drastic rent increase, 15% had been evicted, and 39% had experienced unsafe or unhealthy living conditions in the past five years. The report details issues like the root causes of the housing crisis, scarcity of affordable housing and rising rents, the increasing fear of evictions and fear of reporting housing violations to a landlord. The report also includes policy recommendations that local governments can act on to address the growing housing crisis in the region

The presenters will be Jorge Rivera, Tenants Together, Johnathan Nielson, NPN Law, Margarita De Escontrias, Cabrillo Economic Development, Gabby Basua, Oxnard City Council, Kay Wilson and Spirit Shelter Tania Reyes, CA– USE.

The event will be held at the Ventura County Government Center 800 S Victoria Ave. Ventura

CA– USE is a Ventura and Santa Barbara County based nonprofit organization dedicated to building grassroots power for social, economic and environmental justice for the people of the central coast region through policy research, leadership development, community organizing and advocacy.

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