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California’s Affordable Housing Crisis: Warnings and Solutions

California leads the nation in having the most severely rent-burdened households, as well as having the largest shortage of affordable rental homes. (The U.S. Department Housing and Urban Development and other agencies consider families that spend more than 30 percent of their income on rent as rent-burdened.)

Buying a house within a reasonable commuting distance in the Golden State – even for stable, employed middle-class families – is fast becoming out of reach.