Housing for Homeless in Jeopardy

Unexpected Planning Commission Visit Might Kill Development

Twenty new units of housing for the chronically homeless that were moving swiftly through the housing development pipeline last month might be shelved for a year or more. A 54-unit project from the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara (HACSB), called Bradley Studios, has been unexpectedly called before the city Planning Commission, a move that could kill its financing from the federal government.

Ordinarily, Planning Commission review of this kind of project would not be a big deal, said city housing officials. It’s the eleventh hour nature of the request, after a city Staff Hearing Officer gave it approval, that’s jeopardizing an application for $9 million in Low-Income Housing Tax Credit financing. To read more, go here.

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