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Since 1969, California has required that all cities and counties adequately plan to meet the housing needs of everyone in the community. California’s local governments meet this requirement by adopting Housing Elements as part of their “general plan” (also required by the state). This survey is an opportunity for the community to contribute to the process and help the City gain better insight on the community’s highest priorities on housing.

Santa Maria is a special place. There is a strong level of pride in the community. Your opinions are important to us. The City is committed to shaping housing regulations that reflect the community’s values and characteristics. Please take (approximately) 7 minutes to complete the following survey.

Participation in this survey is voluntary.  Limit one submittal per email address. Your participation is confidential. Results from this survey will be reported collectively, with no personally identifiable information, and in a format where no comment can be attributed to any one respondent.

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* 1. Is the City of Santa Maria your primary place of residence?

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* 2. Please select all the following statements that describe yourself. I am a: [Select all that apply]

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* 3. Are you satisfied with your current housing situation?

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* 4. How would you best describe yourself?

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* 5. Please choose an income range that best describes your household. (combined income of all household members, annual total)

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* 6. Please choose your household size (include all those in the home regardless of age)

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* 7. Of the following options, which concepts do you feel reflect the main housing challenges in Santa Maria? (Choose any/all that apply.)

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* 8. How difficult is it for a household to find rental housing that it can afford in Santa Maria?

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* 9. How difficult is it for a household to find housing for ownership that it can afford in Santa Maria?

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* 10. Which of the following special needs groups identified below do you feel are most in need of housing and/or related services in the city? (Select up to three choices)

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* 11. How important do you think the following housing related challenges are to the City of Santa Maria (1= Not Important, 5= Very Important).

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Young people who grow up in the City cannot afford to remain here
Service workers, teachers, first responders, and other workers can’t afford to live in the communities in which they work
Ownership costs are too high
There is inadequate transit to serve housing
Growing families cannot afford appropriately sized housing
Lack of variety of affordable housing types

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* 12. What types of housing are needed in the City of Santa Maria? Please rate the following types, (1=Not Important, 5=Very Important)

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Single family detached housing
Duplex/attached ownership housing
Condominiums
Multifamily apartments
Senior housing
Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)
Permanent supportive housing (homeless, transitional, emergency, etc.)
Housing for persons with disabilities
Dedicated affordable housing (housing with reduced rents or prices for lower income residents)
More housing near job centers
More housing near transit
More ownership housing

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* 13. As part of the Housing Element Update, the City will need to identify policies and programs to help achieve Santa Maria’s housing goals. Please prioritize the following potential actions that you think would be most beneficial in addressing Santa Maria’s housing issues (1=Lowest Priority; 5=Highest Priority).

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Update zoning regulations to allow more types of housing at greater densities
Help develop affordable housing for special needs groups
Partner with local groups to provide services and support for special needs groups
Seek grants to help fund first time home buyer assistance programs
Seek grants to help fund property renovation and rehabilitation programs
Provide more information about existing city and county programs and resources
Help provide infrastructure connections to develop large vacant parcels 
Partner with local groups to provide renter focused support services (e.g. tenant relocation, landlord disputes, fair housing support)

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* 14. Do you have anything to add? [Short answer]

Thank you for completing this survey.

 you have any questions about this survey, please contact:

Frank Albro, Principal Planner
City of Santa Maria
110 S. Pine Street, Room 101
Santa Maria, CA 93458
(805) 925-0951 ext. 2379
falbro@cityofsantamaria.org
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