Topics: Affordable Housing Crisis - Origins and Solutions; Cool Blocks and Good Neighbors
People continue to flock to the urban hubs of America, but our cities have struggled to keep pace with the people, leading to Americans who spend more than a reasonable share of income on housing, all the while there is not enough public assistance (or housing laws) to solve the problem.
On this episode of Solutions News, we talk about the affordable housing crisis from a different perspective - how we got here and how we might address it. We’ve touched on this subject in several previous shows in other ways, but since it shelter is one of those basic needs, and lack of housing continues to challenge many communities in California, as well as across the nation, there is always more to say. We are excited to welcome our guest, Rob Fredericks, the CEO and Executive Director at the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara, who has been at the forefront of this challenge for several decades.
After the interview with Rob, and some didyaknows, we end the show with a brief look at the importance of the personal relationships that can develop within neighborhoods - and specifically an innovative program called “Cool Blocks”. (Produced by Kristy Jansen, with assistance from Benjamin Schwartz)
Rob Fredericks currently holds the position of Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer for the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara (HACSB). Employed by HACSB since 1996, he has held several positions within the agency, but most recently as Deputy Executive Director/Chief Administrative Officer. The balance of Rob’s professional career was on the Central Coast of California where he managed several entry‐level market housing developments with his family’s Real Estate Sales and Land Development Company. He holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Real Estate Financial Management from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
Rob’s other civic commitments includes immediate past President of the Pacific Southwest Region of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO); a board member and treasurer of the Housing Trust Fund of Santa Barbara County; a board member and President of San Felipe Independent Living; He also serves as an officer of the Housing Authority’s two affiliate 501c(3) non-profits, 2nd Story Associates and Garden Court, Inc. Rob is also a licensed California Real Estate Broker
As promised, his phone number is: (805) 965-1071, e-mail: RFredericks@hacsb.org