Grover Beach City Council approves affordable housing project

December 16, 2021


The Grover Beach City Council Monday approved an affordable housing project that will provide 52 apartments for low-income households.

The project — planned for construction on several lots located on 13 Street and Grand Avenue — consists of  24 one-bedroom, 15 two-bedroom and 14 three-bedroom apartments. In addition, the project includes a community garden, a multi-purpose room with a kitchen, a barbecue area, benches, picnic tables and a 750 square foot sports court for use by residents.

Peoples Self Help Housing and The Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo are planning for a mix of extremely low (30% of area median income), very low (less than 50% of the county median income) and low income (less than 80% of the county median income) units. The units will have a 55-year deed restriction that requires all units remain available for low-income residents.


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Wasn’t that lot gifted to the city with the requirement that it be turned into a park? Thought the family that donated it also arranged for a trust to pay for park maintenance?


What new water sources have came online since the last drought that will support 54 new housing units? These cities will gladly implement emergency drought regulations mandating reduced usage and fines for citizens that have been paying for decades…..all while they are issuing new building permits.

It’s time for a building moratorium until new water resource development happens that will support added capacity.

kevin rise

Agreed, but it really should apply to certain demographics I feel, like big business and outsiders with lots of cash. The people that make cities functional are usually poor and need a place to live. I’m talking food service workers, ems, sanitation workers, etc.


If we run out of water, there will be no functional cities for any demographic…


The solution to providing affordable homes for low income residents is not to build more home for low income residents, it’s to improve upon, or substitute their current homes if they are inadequate. The idea that building more homes somehow helps low income residents is bogus. More homes = more people = more resource use.

So why not just take the money being spent to permit and build these new homes and invest it in improving the existing living conditions for low income residents you might ask? Well, it’s because this money is private investors, not charitable government tax redistribution. An investors aren’t looking to do low income residents any favors, they are looking to make a return on their investment. They will spend their cash to fill these homes because, ultimately, this is a highly desirable place for people to move to and live. And the local government will collect more taxes from those new residents, inflating their annual revenue year on year. But at some point the chickens will come home to roost and there will be no resources (i.e. water). But as long as that isn’t the investors problem, they will continue to invest in new homes, and as long as government isn’t held to account they will continue to permit these developments.