Policy Brief: Who Can Afford to Rent in California’s Many Regions?

This policy brief investigates the income required to afford rent across California and to better understand the cost burden experienced by households at different income groups. The analysis provides insights into whether it makes sense for State resources to be used to provide assistance to “missing middle” households, and if Read More


Yuba County’s Housing Emergency Update

While regional Low Income Housing Tax Credit activity has increased, Yuba County’s has remained at zero since 2016.


Yolo County’s Housing Emergency Update

80% of ELI households are paying more than half of their income on housing costs compared to just 1% of moderate income households.


Placer County’s Housing Emergency Update

Placer County needs 7,319 more affordable rental homes to meet current demand.


Sutter County’s Housing Emergency Update

65% of ELI households are paying more than half of their income on housing costs compared to 0% of moderate income households.


El Dorado County’s Housing Emergency Update

Cuts in Federal and State funding have reduced investment in affordable housing in El Dorado county by more than $4 million annually since 2008, a 92% reduction.


Sacramento County’s Housing Emergency Update

Sacramento County needs 63,118 more affordable rental homes to meet current demand. Read more to find recommended solutions to Sacramento County’s housing emergency. 


Los Angeles County Annual Affordable Housing Outcomes Report

Los Angeles County’s shortage of affordable and available homes to lower-income families continues to grow. This report is designed to help guide Los Angeles County’s allocation of resources across both new and previously existing affordable housing programs. 


Stanislaus County’s Housing Emergency Update

75% of ELI households in Stanislaus County are paying more than half of their income on housing costs compared to 0% of moderate income households.


Tulare County’s Housing Emergency Update

Low Income Housing Tax Credit production and preservation in Tulare County increased while State production and preservation decreased from 2016-2018.


San Joaquin County’s Housing Emergency Update

Renters in San Joaquin County need to earn $29.46 per hour – 2.5 times the State minimum wage – to afford the median monthly asking rent of $1,532.


Merced County’s Housing Emergency Update

Merced County needs 8,281 more affordable rental homes to meet current demand.


Madera County’s Housing Emergency Update

Cuts in Federal and State funding have reduced investment in affordable housing in Madera County by more than $5 million annually since 2008, a 73% reduction.


Kings County’s Housing Emergency Update

Low Income Housing Tax Credit production and preservation in Kings County remains low since 2016.


Kern County’s Housing Emergency Update

Kern County needs 26,203 more affordable rental homes to meet current demand.


Fresno County’s Housing Emergency Update

72% of ELI households are paying more than half of their income on housing costs compared to just 2% of moderate income households.


San Diego County Housing Need Report 2019

San Diego County needs 136,631 more affordable rental homes to meet current demand.


San Bernardino County Housing Need Report 2019

Low Income Housing Tax Credit production and preservation in San Bernardino County increased 114% while production and preservation statewide decreased 23% from 2016-2018.


Riverside County Housing Need Report 2019

Riverside County needs 64,452 more affordable rental homes to meet current demand.


Orange County Housing Need Report 2019

Renters in Orange County need to earn $42.79 per hour – 3.6 times the State minimum wage – to afford the median monthly asking rent of $2,225.


Los Angeles County Housing Need Report 2019

Cuts in Federal and State funding have reduced investment in affordable housing in Los Angeles County by more than $496 million annually since 2008, a 70% reduction.


Alameda County Housing Need Report 2019

Cuts in Federal and State funding have reduced investment in affordable housing in Alameda County by nearly $124 million annually since 2008, an 80% reduction. Read more to find recommended solutions to Alameda County’s housing emergency. 


Contra Costa County Housing Need Report 2019

In Contra Costa County, 79% of extremely low-income households are paying more than half of their income on housing costs, compared to 0% of moderate-income households. Read more to find recommended solutions to Contra Costa County’s housing emergency. 


Marin County Housing Need Report 2019

Renters in Marin County need to earn $61.63 per hour — more than 5 times the State minimum wage — to afford the median asking rent of $3,205. Read more to find recommended solutions to Marin County’s housing emergency. 


Napa County Housing Need Report 2019

Low Income Housing Tax Credit production and preservation in Napa County fell to zero in 2018 due to lack of local funding sources. Read more to find recommended solutions to Napa County’s housing emergency. 


San Mateo County Housing Need Report 2019

San Mateo County needs 22,269 more affordable homes to meet current demand. Read more to find recommended solutions to San Mateo County’s housing emergency.


Solano County Housing Need Report 2019

In Solano County, 80% of extremely low-income households are spending more than half of their income on housing costs compared to just 3.9% of moderate-income households. Read more to find recommended solutions to Solano County’s housing emergency.


Sonoma County Housing Need Report 2019

Cuts in Federal and State funding have reduced investment in affordable housing in Sonoma County by more than $42 million annually since 2008, an 88% reduction. Read more to find recommended solutions to Sonoma County’s housing emergency.


2019 Statewide Housing Need Report

The California Housing Partnership’s 2019 Statewide Housing Need Report takes a look at the State’s housing investments and shows that California is still under-investing in affordable housing production and preservation, despite the Legislature’s passage of the 2017 Housing Package. It also highlights that households cannot afford the real costs of living, Read More


The California Housing Partnership Celebrates 30 Years

Created by the Legislature in 1988 as a private nonprofit organization with a public mission and board appointed by the Governor and Legislature without state funding, the California Housing Partnership plays a unique role in California’s struggle to provide housing that is affordable for working families, homeless, veterans, seniors and Read More


California’s Affordable Rental Homes At-Risk of Conversion

To inform affordable housing preservation efforts across California, the California Housing Partnership annually assesses the historical loss and conversion risk of federally- and state-subsidized affordable rental properties. This 2019 analysis demonstrates that the risk of affordable homes converting to market rate is very real in California’s tight housing markets.


Rising Housing Costs and Re-Segregation in the San Francisco Bay Area

This report by the California Housing Partnership and the Urban Displacement Project at UC Berkeley finds that rising housing prices in the Bay Area region were correlated with shifts in where low-income people of color lived between 2000 and 2015, and resulted in new concentrations of poverty and racial segregation.


County Supplement: Rising Housing Costs and Re-Segregation in the San Francisco Bay Area

This supplement contains county-level charts and tables that correspond with data in the regional report by the California Housing Partnership and the Urban Displacement Project at UC Berkeley that documents rising housing costs in the Bay Area. The supplement provides local data for residents, advocates, and policymakers.


Rising Housing Costs and Re-segregation in Contra Costa County

This report by the California Housing Partnership and the Urban Displacement Project at UC Berkeley finds that rising housing costs in Contra Costa County were correlated with shifts in where low-income people of color lived between 2000 and 2015, and resulted in new concentrations of poverty and racial segregation in Read More


Rising Housing Costs and Re-Segregation in San Francisco

This report by the California Housing Partnership and the Urban Displacement Project at UC Berkeley finds that rising housing costs in San Francisco were correlated with shifts in where low-income people of color lived between 2000 and 2015, and resulted in new concentrations of poverty and racial segregation in the county.


Rising Housing Costs and Re-Segregation in Alameda County

This report by the California Housing Partnership and the Urban Displacement Project at UC Berkeley finds that rising housing costs in Alameda County were correlated with shifts in where low-income people of color lived between 2000 and 2015, and resulted in new concentrations of poverty and racial segregation in the county.


Santa Cruz County Housing Need Report 2018

When factoring in high housing costs, Santa Cruz County’s poverty rate increases from 13.8 percent to 24.8 percent, one of the highest in the state. Read more about solutions to the housing emergency in Santa Cruz County.


San Joaquin County Housing Need Report 2018

San Joaquin County needs 24,036 more affordable rental homes to meet current demand. Read more about solutions to the housing emergency in San Joaquin County.  


Stanislaus County Housing Need Report 2018

Stanislaus County needs 19,746 more affordable rental homes to meet current demand. Read more about solutions to the housing emergency in Stanislaus County.


Tulare County Housing Need Report 2018

Tulare County needs 12,994 more affordable rental homes to meet current demand. Read more about solutions to the housing emergency in Tulare County.


Los Angeles Annual Affordable Housing Outcomes Report

Los Angeles County’s shortage of affordable and available homes to lower-income families continues to grow. This report is designed to help guide Los Angeles County’s allocation of resources across both new and previously existing affordable housing programs. 


Los Angeles County Housing Need Report 2018

Los Angeles County needs 568,255 more affordable rental homes to meet current demand. Read more about solutions to Los Angeles County’s housing emergency.


San Bernardino County Housing Need Report 2018

San Bernardino County needs 72,032 more affordable rental homes to meet current demand. Read more about solutions to San Bernardino County’s housing emergency.


Riverside County Housing Need Report 2018

Riverside County needs 64,526 more affordable rental homes to meet current demand. Read more about solutions to Riverside County’s housing emergency.


Kern County Housing Need Report 2018

Kern County needs 30,068 more affordable rental homes to meet current demand. Read more about solutions to Kern County’s housing emergency.


San Diego County Housing Need Report 2018

San Diego County needs 143,800 more affordable rental homes to meet current demand. Read more about solutions to San Diego County’s housing emergency.


Orange County Housing Need Report 2018

Orange County needs 92,738 more affordable rental homes to meet current demand. Read more about solutions to Orange County’s housing emergency.


Alameda County Housing Need Report 2018

Alameda County needs 53,691 more affordable rental homes to meet demand. Read more about solutions for Alameda County’s housing emergency. 


Contra Costa Housing Need Report 2018

Contra Costa County needs 31,193 more affordable rental homes to meet demand. Read more about solutions for Contra Costa County’s housing emergency. 


Fresno County Housing Need Report 2018

Fresno County needs 41,108 more affordable rental homes to meet demand. Read more about solutions for Fresno County’s housing emergency. 


Sacramento County Housing Need Report 2018

Sacramento County needs 58,552 more affordable rental homes to meet demand. Read more about solutions for Sacramento County’s housing emergency. 


San Mateo County Housing Need Report 2018

San Mateo County needs 24,628 more affordable rental homes to meet demand. Read more about solutions for San Mateo County’s housing emergency. 


Santa Clara County Housing Need Report 2018

Santa Clara County needs 58,583 more affordable rental homes to meet demand. Read more about solutions for Santa Clara County’s housing emergency. 


Sonoma County Housing Need Report 2018

Sonoma County needs 14,634 more affordable rental homes to meet demand. That demand was only deepened by the devastating Tubbs Fire in October 2017. Read more about solutions for Sonoma County’s housing emergency. 


2018 Statewide Housing Need Report

CHPC’s 2018 Statewide Housing Need Report takes a look at the correlation between California’s disinvestment in affordable homes and the rise of homelessness statewide. It also highlights inequities in state spending on homeowners vs. renters as well as the ever-growing burden low-income people face under high housing costs. 


San Bernardino County Housing Need 2017

This report demonstrates the shortfall of affordable homes in San Bernardino County and the severe impact on low-income renters. The report offers a roadmap for California’s legislators and local leaders to take immediate action.


Orange County Housing Need 2017

This report demonstrates the shortfall of affordable homes in Orange County and the severe impact on low-income renters. The report offers a roadmap for California’s legislators and local leaders to take immediate action.


Riverside County Housing Need 2017

This report demonstrates the shortfall of affordable homes in Riverside County and the severe impact on low-income renters. The report offers a roadmap for California’s legislators and local leaders to take immediate action.


San Diego County Housing Need 2017

This report demonstrates the shortfall of affordable homes in San Diego County and the severe impact on low-income renters. The report offers a roadmap for California’s legislators and local leaders to take immediate action.


Los Angeles County Housing Need 2017

This report demonstrates the shortfall of affordable homes in Los Angeles County and the severe impact on low-income renters. The report offers a roadmap for California’s legislators and local leaders to take immediate action.


Sacramento County Housing Need 2017

This report demonstrates the shortfall of affordable homes in Sacramento County and the severe impact on low-income renters. The report offers a roadmap for California’s legislators and local leaders to take immediate action.


Fresno County Housing Need 2017

This report demonstrates the shortfall of affordable homes in Fresno County and the severe impact on low-income renters. The report offers a roadmap for California’s legislators and local leaders to take immediate action.


Executive Summary: Los Angeles County Annual Affordable Housing Outcomes Report

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:  This report is designed to help guide Los Angeles County’s allocation of resources across both new and previously existing affordable housing programs.


Los Angeles County Annual Affordable Housing Outcomes Report

This report is designed to help guide Los Angeles County’s allocation of resources across both new and previously existing affordable housing programs. 


San Mateo County Housing Need 2017

This report shows how high housing costs are contributing to rising poverty rates in San Mateo County. The report offers a roadmap for California’s legislators and local leaders to take immediate action.


Contra Costa County Housing Need 2017

This report shows how high housing costs are contributing to rising poverty rates in Contra Costa County. The report offers a roadmap for California’s legislators and local leaders to take immediate action.


Sonoma County Housing Need 2017

This report shows how high housing costs are contributing to rising poverty rates in Sonoma County. The report offers a roadmap for California’s legislators and local leaders to take immediate action.


Alameda County Housing Need 2017

This report shows how high housing costs are contributing to rising poverty rates in Alameda County. The report offers a roadmap for California’s legislators and local leaders to take immediate action.


2017 Statewide At-Risk Assessment

CHPC’s annual statewide risk assessment shows 31,988 affordable homes are at risk of conversion to market rate within the next five years. 


Confronting California’s Rent and Poverty Crisis: A Call for State Reinvestment in Affordable Homes

Too many California families are falling into poverty because of high housing costs. The California Housing Partnership calls on state leaders to take direct, immediate action to reinvest in affordable homes in California. 


Alameda County Housing Need 2016

This report shows how high housing costs are contributing to rising poverty rates in Alameda County. The report offers a roadmap for California’s legislators and local leaders to take immediate action.


Fresno County Housing Need 2016

This report shows how high housing costs are disproportionately burdening low-income families in Fresno County. The report offers a roadmap for California’s legislators and local leaders to take immediate action.


Los Angeles County Housing Need 2016

This report shows how high housing costs are contributing to rising poverty rates in Los Angeles County. The report offers a roadmap for California’s legislators and local leaders to take immediate action.


Orange County Housing Need 2016

This report shows how high housing costs are contributing to rising poverty rates in Orange County. The report offers a roadmap for California’s legislators and local leaders to take immediate action.


Sacramento County Housing Need 2016

This report shows how high housing costs are disproportionately burdening low-income families in Sacramento County. The report offers a roadmap for California’s legislators and local leaders to take immediate action.


San Diego County Housing Need 2016

This report shows how high housing costs are contributing to rising poverty rates in San Diego County. The report offers a roadmap for California’s legislators and local leaders to take immediate action.


San Joaquin County Housing Need 2016

This report shows how high housing costs are disproportionately burdening low-income families in San Joaquin County. The report offers a roadmap for California’s legislators and local leaders to take immediate action.


San Mateo County Housing Need 2016

This report shows how high housing costs are contributing to rising poverty rates in San Mateo County. The report offers a roadmap for California’s legislators and local leaders to take immediate action.


Ventura County Housing Need 2016

This report shows how high housing costs are contributing to rising poverty rates in Ventura County. The report offers a roadmap for California’s legislators and local leaders to take immediate action.


35,785 Affordable Homes in California At-Risk of Conversion

Each year the California Housing Partnership uses data from our Affordable Housing Preservation Clearinghouse to present an annual summary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) subsidized housing at risk of loss of affordability in California. The following summary is as of April 2016. 


Affordable Housing Outcomes Report Template

The California Housing Partnership developed this template in 2016 for the County of Los Angeles. Although this template was designed specifically for the County of Los Angeles, it can be used by other jurisdictions as a starting point for deciding how to allocate funding for affordable housing in their communities. 


Lack of Affordable Housing Driving More Contra Costa County Families into Poverty

Key findingsA renter household needs to earn 3.5 times the local minimum wage in order to afford average asking rents in Contra Costa County. Inflation-adjusted median rents in Contra Costa County increased 17% from 2000 to 2013, while inflation adjusted median renter household income declined 7%. Contra Costa County needs 36.759 additional Read More


Lack of Affordable Housing Driving More Stanislaus Families into Poverty

Key findings A renter household needs to earn nearly twice the state minimum wage in order to afford average asking rents in Stanislaus County. Inflation-adjusted median rents in Stanislaus County increased 15% from 2000 to 2014, while inflation adjusted median renter household income declined 12%. Stanislaus County needs 21,402 additional Read More


Lack of Affordable Housing Driving More Santa Clara County Families into Poverty

Key findings A renter household needs to earn nearly five times the local minimum wage in order to afford average asking rents in Santa Clara County. Inflation-adjusted median rents in Santa Clara County increased 10% from 2000 to 2014, while inflation adjusted median renter household income declined 4%. Santa Clara Read More


Lack of Affordable Housing Driving More San Diego County Families into Poverty

Key findings A renter household needs to earn more than three times the state minimum wage in order to afford average asking rents in San Diego County. Inflation-adjusted median rents in San Diego County increased 25% from 2000 to 2013, while inflation adjusted median renter household income declined 4%. San Diego County needs 142,564 Read More


Shortfall of Affordable Homes Increases Burden on Low-Income Families in San Bernardino County

The state created the California Housing Partnership 25 years ago as a private nonprofit organization with a public mission: to monitor, protect, and augment the supply of homes affordable to lower-income Californians and to provide leadership on affordable housing finance and policy. Since 1988, the California Housing Partnership has assisted more Read More


Lack of Affordable Housing Driving More Riverside County Families into Poverty

A renter household needs to earn 2.5 times the state minimum wage in order to afford average asking rents in Riverside County. Inflation-adjusted median rents in Riverside County increased 31% from 2000 to 2013, while inflation adjusted median renter household income declined 3.5%. Riverside County needs 66,409 additional affordable rental Read More


Lack of Affordable Housing Driving More Los Angeles County Families into Poverty

Key Findings A renter household needs to earn 4 times the state minimum wage in order to afford average asking rents in Los Angeles County. Inflation-adjusted median rents in Los Angeles County increased 27% from 2000 to 2013, while inflation adjusted median renter household income declined 7%. Los Angeles County needs 527,722 additional affordable rental Read More


Shortfall of Affordable Homes Increases Burden on Low-Income Families in Kern County

Key Findings A renter household needs to earn more than the state minimum wage in order to afford average asking rents in Kern County. Inflation-adjusted median rents in Kern County increased 23% from 2000 to 2013, while inflation-adjusted median renter household income increased by only 2%. Kern County needs 29,915 Read More


Update on California’s Affordable Housing Crisis: The Critical Role of Housing Access and Affordability in Reducing Poverty

New analysis shows how the shortfall of affordable homes is exacerbating poverty throughout California.


How San Francisco County’s Housing Market is Failing to Meet the Needs of Low-Income Families

San Francisco County has the eighth largest shortfall of homes affordable to low-income families in California. Many of those families live in unhealthy or unsafe conditions, crowd multiple people into each room, and still pay more than 50 percent of their income on rent. The following report describes the magnitude Read More


How San Mateo County’s Housing Market is Failing to Meet the Needs of Low-Income Families

There are simply not enough homes in San Mateo County affordable to the low-income families who live there. Many of these families live in unhealthy or unsafe conditions, crowd multiple people into each room, and still pay more than 50 percent of their income on rent. The following report describes Read More


How Sacramento County’s Housing Market is Failing to Meet the Needs of Low-Income Families

Sacramento County is seventh on the list of counties with the largest shortfalls of homes affordable to low income families in California. Many of those families live in unhealthy or unsafe conditions, crowd multiple people into each room, and still pay more than 50 percent of their income on rent. Read More


How Orange County’s Housing Market is Failing to Meet the Needs of Low-Income Families

Orange County has the third largest shortfall of homes affordable to low-income families in California. Many of those families live in unhealthy or unsafe conditions, crowd multiple people into each room, and still pay more than 50 percent of their income on rent. The following report describes the magnitude of Read More


How Fresno County’s Housing Market is Failing to Meet the Needs of Low-Income Families

Fresno County has the tenth largest shortfall of homes affordable to low-income families in California. Many of those families live in unhealthy or unsafe conditions, crowd multiple people into each room, and still pay more than 50 percent of their income on rent. The following report describes the magnitude of Read More


How San Diego County’s Housing Market is Failing to Meet the Needs of Low-Income Families

San Diego County has the second largest shortfall of homes affordable to low-income families in California. Many of those families live in unhealthy or unsafe conditions, crowd multiple people into each room, and still pay more than 50 percent of their income on rent. The following report describes the magnitude Read More


How Los Angeles County’s Housing Market is Failing to Meet the Needs of Low-Income Families

Los Angeles County has the largest shortfall of homes affordable to low-income families in California. Many of those families live in unhealthy or unsafe conditions, crowd multiple people into each room, and still pay more than 50 percent of their income on rent. Many others are homeless. The following report Read More


How Alameda County’s Housing Market is Failing to Meet the Needs of Low-Income Families

Alameda County has the fourth largest shortfall of homes affordable to low-income families in California. Many of those families live in unhealthy or unsafe conditions, crowd multiple people into each room, and still pay more than 50 percent of their income on rent. The following report describes the magnitude of Read More


How Santa Clara County’s Housing Market is Failing to Meet the Needs of Low-Income Families

Santa Clara County has the fifth largest shortfall of homes affordable to low-income families in California. Many of those families live in unhealthy or unsafe conditions, crowd multiple people into each room, and still pay more than 50 percent of their income in rent. The following report describes the magnitude of the Read More


Improving Lives Through the Preservation and Creation of Affordable Homes

The essence of our mission has not changed in the eleven years since I came to work at the California Housing Partnership: to assist nonprofit and government housing agencies to create and preserve housing affordable to low-income Californians while providing leadership on affordable housing finance issues. What has changed is Read More


How California’s Housing Market is Failing to Meet the Needs of Low-Income Families in California

California is showing increasing economic and fiscal strength with economic growth among the top five states in the nation and a budget that is in the black for the first time in a decade. Yet this good news is tempered by the growing severity of an age-old California problem: the Read More


California Notice Provisions for At-Risk Properties: An Update for 2012

As of November 2011, California has more than 438,000 apartments serving low income households earning less than 80% of area median income: 116,099 are subsidized and regulated by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), 22,912 are subsidized by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), 40,500 are public Read More