Ventura County YIMBY

We're saying "yes" to housing in Ventura County

The problem

Housing costs, homelessness, and auto emissions are rising in Ventura County.

The crisis is unprecedented and felt all over California. We have the highest poverty rate of any state in the country. After years of decline, our air pollution is now rising faster than any region in the country. Increasingly long commutes are destroying quality of life and pushing people into fire zones.

The solution

We need more homes. We believe the common thread in these problems is a lack of housing, caused by restrictive zoning codes, long and uncertain permitting processes, and disproportionate development fees. While California is number one in poverty, we're number 50 in homes per adult. We're short at least 3 million homes, and our production is slowing.

More homes would make housing more affordable, reduce homelessness, and cut back on commutes. With more housing options, such as the dense, mixed-use homes near transit and jobs currently in such short supply, residents wouldn't have to drive as far to get to their workplace or services. We'd be left with a cleaner, safer environment, a more vibrant economy, and more inclusive and welcoming communities.

Our priorities

Advocate pro-housing legislation at the state level

Support pro-housing legislation and legislators within Ventura County

Speak out for individual housing projects

Current projects

The More HOMES Act is a proposed state law to legalize apartments near transit and jobs. We are building support among local legislators to pass it in early 2020.

Schools and Communities First is a proposed statewide ballot measure for the November 2020 election, which would raise $12 billion per year for local services like affordable housing. We're gathering signatures to get it on the ballot.

Housing targets that avoid sprawl by focusing growth near jobs and transit. The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) initially allocated Southern California's 1.3-million-home target in a way that will force workers into long car commutes. We advocated Abundant Housing LA's more sustainable allocation, which was recently approved.

Oxnard Fisherman's Wharf would create 390 apartment homes. We drafted a report in favor and provided a presentation and public comments at Planning Commission and City Council. It was rejected in both venues, and will next go to the California Coastal Commission (date TBD).

Get in touch

Whether you want to advocate housing to your local officials, connect with other organizations, engage in grassroots organizing, or just want to learn more, we'd love to hear from you!

Sign up below or at this link, check out our Facebook group, or email us at hello@vcyimby.org.