Santa Maria Times: Barrett's senior housing in Santa Ynez inspires state legislation

April 03, 2017

Barrett’s senior housing in Santa Ynez inspires state legislation

Len Wood, Staff   Mar 31, 2017

Rona Barrett’s effort to build the Golden Inn & Village housing project for low-income seniors in Santa Ynez inspired Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, to introduced a bill that would encourage the construction of similar affordable senior housing projects statewide.

The Golden Inn & Village opened its doors last year.

“When I saw the inspiring work done by Rona Barrett through the building of the Golden Inn & Village, the first thought I had was, why not replicate this important work statewide?” Jackson said.

Senate Bill 62, the Affordable Senior Housing Act of 2017, would create an Affordable Senior Housing Program within the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, said a Jackson spokeswoman.