A significant roadblock to achieving more affordable housing is a city's mandated parking requirements
"We know a walkable place when we see it, we feel comfortable in a park when we sit in it; and equally important, we know an unwelcoming place when we want to leave it. So when I found out that parking was a problem, the dots began to align perfectly. To make more places we love, we need less parking." - Thomas Carpenito
More than 42% of Santa Barbara County residents spend greater than 30% of their income on housing. In 2021 the City of Santa Barbara had 72 affordable housing properties totaling almost 1,400 units. However, this is not enough as the city’s affordable housing waiting list is currently over 9,000 households long.