California Housing Partnership In the News

PD Editorial: California loses out on billions for affordable housing

The Editorial Board, The Press Democrat

California’s reputation for exorbitantly priced housing is unassailable, and it creates an extremely high barrier for people in need of affordable housing. The barrier Read More

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Council to Review Affordable Housing Policy and Production in Pasadena

Andy Vitalicio, Pasadena Now

In March, a California Affordable Housing Needs Report, published by the California Housing Partnership, suggested there was a drastic need for more affordable housing Read More

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‘It’s A Shame’: California Squandered $2.7 Billion For Affordable Housing, Audit Says

Chris Nichols, CapRadio

California’s lack of affordable housing is severe and well-documented. One recent estimate says the state needs 1.4 million more affordable rental homes to ease the burden on low-income families. But the Read More

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Fortress Fumble on Las Vegas Rail Bond Sale Boosts Housing

Romy Varghese, Bloomberg

California on Wednesday reallocated $600 million of private activity bonds formerly awarded to Fortress Investment Group’s Las Vegas tourist train to affordable housing needs, Read More

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Can a Stalled Train to Las Vegas Speed Housing Construction in California?

Romy Varghese, Bloomberg

An investment group failed to sell $2.4 billion in bonds to finance the Brightline West high-speed rail project. Housing advocates hope those funds can help Read More

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Rent is up and jobs are scarce in Fresno, as people struggle to make ends meet in COVID-19

Monica Vaughan, Fresno Bee

The average cost to rent an apartment in Fresno went up since March, putting even more financial pressure on cash-strapped residents during a pandemic. Read More

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How will Proposition 21 rent control measure impact Fresno-area residents? It’s complicated

Dympna Ugwu-Oju

Will the passage of Proposition 21 lead to lower rents for Fresno and central San Joaquin Valley residents? It depends on whom you ask.

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Revolt of the Landlords

Robin Urevich, LA Progressive

California’s housing crisis walloped 75-year-old Perry Angle and his wife in 2014, when the monthly rent for their one-bedroom apartment in a Santa Rosa senior Read More

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Thousands Of Below Market Rate Housing Units Disappearing, Putting Seniors At Risk

Susie Steimle, KPIX 5

FOSTER CITY (KPIX 5) — Affordable housing in California, already an extremely rare commodity, will likely become even more rare in the next decade.

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City Attorney Stops Short-Term Rentals At Venice Apt. Complex

Nicole Charky, Patch

VENICE, CA — City Attorney Mike Feuer said Tuesday that his office obtained a preliminary injunction against the owners of the Ellison Apartments in Read More

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Affordable housing an important election issue

Alison Talbot-Jones, Petaluma360

Petaluma is my hometown. The Phoenix Theater was like Mecca for me and my angsty teenage peers, and I learned to drive a stick Read More

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Who wins when San Diego adds granny flats and tiny homes? Residents or tourists?

Cody Dulaney, inewsource

San Diego continues to encourage adding small units to single-family properties in a push to increase the affordable housing stock, but where city officials Read More

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Voices for Change | Income Inequality’s Impact on Housing

Greg Lee, KTVU

Continuing the conversation and amplifying the message of those calling for reform, social justice and racial equality. In this “Economy” episode: The pay gap for Read More

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Facing ‘a wave of evictions’, Newsom, California Democrats debate rent, foreclosure relief

Hannah Wiley and Kate Irby, Sacramento Bee

Fabian Ramirez needs more time to catch up on the rent he couldn’t pay when the coronavirus outbreak put him out of work last spring. Read More

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Data from the Census Bureau Shows Latino and Black People in California are More Worried about Paying Their Rent during this Pandemic

Donald Morris, KNX Radio LA

Radio Clip 1 – 43% of Latino renters and 41% of Black renters say they had no or slight confidence they could pay their Read More

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These Californians are especially worried about paying rent during coronavirus. Is help coming?

Kate Irby, Sacramento Bee

Latino and Black tenants in California are much more worried than their white and Asian counterparts about paying their rent in the economic downturn Read More

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Backyard homes could stem the state’s housing crisis. In Fresno, most can’t afford to build them

Dayana Jiselle, Fresno Bee

For Lorena Gonzalez, renting out her Fresno backyard cottage isn’t just a way of alleviating the state’s housing crisis — it’s an essential source Read More

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City’s affordable housing ideas sputter in crisis

Libby Leyden, Half Moon Bay Review

At the beginning of the year it seemed as if Half Moon Bay City Council was creating momentum toward addressing housing needs for some Read More

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City Council places $900,000 ‘Homes for San Diegans’ bond measure on the November ballot

SD Metro Magazine

The San Diego City Council today voted 6-3 on Tuesday to put the ‘Homes for San Diegans’ bond measure on the November 2020 ballot. The Read More

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Corporate tax cuts blocked at least 15,000 affordable homes in California. Here’s how

Kate Irby, Sacramento Bee

Affordable housing advocates warned that the corporate tax cuts passed by Republicans in 2017 could have disastrous effects on the development of more affordable Read More

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A few bucks off the rent won’t do much to make the region more affordable

Keith Menconi, KCBS Radio

(Aired 2:52:00 pm) As the report finds, a number of Bay Area counties remain among the least affordable in the Read More

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Apple taps first $400 million of $2.5 billion California housing pledge

Louis Hansen, The Mercury News

Making a downpayment on its housing pledge, Apple announced Monday it has committed $400 million to affordable housing projects this year across California, including immediate Read More

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SF Chronicle article

White backlash to Black Lives Matter was swift. It was also expected

Otis R. Taylor Jr., San Francisco Chronicle

A 2018 report by UC Berkeley’s Urban Displacement Project and the California Housing Partnership studied housing prices and demographic changes in the county from 2000 to Read More

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Proposed Ballot Measure Could Add 7,500 New Housing Units For Homeless, Veterans

Max Rivlin-Nadler, KPBS San Diego

This November, San Diegans could be voting on a ballot measure that would approve 900-million dollars in spending on affordable housing. The ballot measure Read More

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Half a billion in half a year: The ticking clock on California’s newest homeless plan

Mackenzie Hawkins, Sacramento Bee

“We need a new approach,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said in February when he dedicated his State of the State address to California’s worsening homelessness Read More

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The Pathway to New All-Electric Low Income Housing in CA

Merrian Borgeson, NRDC

The winds of change are blowing in California—toward all-electric new buildings powered by an increasingly clean electric grid. A key question for equity, health, Read More

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Retrofitting homes of low-income Californians will stimulate our economy and fight climate change

Srinidhi Sampath Kumar & Panama Bartholomy, Special to CalMatters

A stimulus plan that electrifies the homes and apartments of low-income Californians as well as small businesses, will help fight climate change, create jobs, Read More

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Survey shows rise in homelessness

Staff, Downtown LA News

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority’s 2020 Greater Los Angeles Homeless County shows 66,433 people in the county are homeless. This represents a 12.7% Read More

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Oakland, S.F. neighborhoods fastest gentrifying in U.S.

Louis Hansen, The Mercury News

Nearly one-third of poor neighborhoods in Oakland and San Francisco experienced gentrification between 2013 and 2017, the highest rate in the country according to Read More

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LA-area homelessness spike could get worse post-coronavirus

Christopher Weber, ABC News 13 WLOS

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The number of homeless people counted across Los Angeles County jumped 12.7% over the past year to more than 66,400 Read More

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After coronavirus chill, Chico’s market heating up again for summer

Natalie Hanson, Chico Enterprise-Record

CHICO — After a two-month stall due to COVID-19, the housing market in Chico is growing hotter. Prices and inventory seemed to chill beginning in Read More

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Is Hotel California a permanent answer to homelessness?

Katy Murphy, Mackenzie Mays & Alexander Nieves, Politico

SACRAMENTO — California Gov. Gavin Newsom is pushing to parlay short-term federal pandemic relief into a long-term remedy for the state’s homelessness crisis by Read More

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Millions of Californians could lose affordable housing in recession, advocates warn

Kate Irby and Hannah Wiley, The Sacramento Bee

With rent due for another new month in the coronavirus outbreak, affordable housing advocates warn that the new recession could trigger a domino effect Read More

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Housing advocates breathe sigh of relief after California’s coronavirus budget cuts

Marisa Kendall, The Mercury News

After Gov. Gavin Newsom rolled out his new coronavirus-decimated budget proposal this week, some affordable housing advocates expressed relief the damage wasn’t worse.

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Newsom’s Budget Puts New Focus on Buying Hotels to House Homeless

Molly Solomon, KQED

California Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled Thursday a scaled-back plan to address housing and homelessness in California as part of a revised budget that attempts Read More

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Bay Area Housing Post-Pandemic: What’s in Store?

Erin Baldassari & Molly Solomon, KQED

Real estate experts around the Bay Area knew the region’s red-hot housing market was due for a cool down, but few expected the deep Read More

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Housing Famous, But Winning Housing Rights in Oakland Will Make Their Impact Last

Taylor Crumpton, Teen Vogue

As Black children slept in a quiet home on Magnolia Street, Oakland residents watched as militarized law enforcement officials from the Alameda County’s Sheriff’s Office arrived Read More

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Work has started on affordable housing project in Stockton

Bob Highfill, Record

STOCKTON — Work has started on renovating an existing vacant commercial building into affordable housing in downtown Stockton. Visionary Home Builders of California and its Read More

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Solano Voices: Protect public health, housing stability in Solano

Cristal Little, Daily Republic

We at the Vallejo Housing Justice Coalition believe that housing is a human right and that everyone deserves to have a safe and stable Read More

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Sonoma County’s construction sector makes cutbacks amid coronavirus pandemic

Bill Swindell, The Press Democrat

Ten years ago, Michael Wolff started his Santa Rosa homebuilding firm during the throes of the Great Recession, which sent the construction sector into Read More

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LA Times article Housing Costs

Affordable housing can cost $1 million in California. Coronavirus could make it worse

Liam Dillon, Ben Poston & Julia Barajas, Los Angeles Times

SOLANA BEACH, Calif. — When developer Ginger Hitzke first proposed an affordable housing complex on a parking lot in Solana Beach, she envisioned building 18 new Read More

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Money From 2017 Law to Fund Affordable Housing Is Rolling in But Slow to Roll Out

Ashly McGlone, Voice of San Diego

Though the dollars provided by SB 2 annually statewide are small in comparison with the $6 billion in state housing bonds passed in 2018, the fact they are Read More

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Coronavirus will make California’s affordable housing problems worse, experts say

Liam Dillon, Los Angeles Times

California already faced a shortage of more than 1 million homes for low-income families before the novel coronavirus hit. And now many advocates, economists Read More

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Coronavirus: Lockdowns slow Bay Area home construction, future projects

Louis Hansen, The Mercury News

The coronavirus pandemic has created confusion, delays and uncertainty in housing projects around the Bay Area, despite a crushing need for new homes from Read More

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Mapping out comprehensive solutions to the housing crisis and homelessness in California

Lisa Hershey and Matt Schwartz, Special to CalMatters

In his State of the State address, Gov. Gavin Newsom called homelessness “the most pernicious crisis in our midst, the ultimate manifestation of poverty, screaming for Read More

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‘There’s nowhere to go:’ Peninsula tenants face eviction as rent control expires

Emily DeRuy, The Mercury News

Since the mid-1980s, Foster’s Landing has included 74 rent-restricted apartments, including De Leon’s, amid hundreds of market-rate units at the complex. But those restrictions Read More

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All Fresno County residents need to be counted in new census for their own good

Sharif Aly and Syed M. Hassan, Fresno Bee

When municipalities face financial shortfalls, it forces government officials to often resort to two undesirable choices — raise taxes or cut services. So it’s Read More

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Advocacy group Housing California announces new affordable housing plan

Julia Falcon, HousingWire

Affordable housing advocacy group Housing California and nonprofit California Housing Partnership have announced California’s Roadmap HOME 2030, an initiative to set the course to create “a California with homes Read More

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Housing nonprofit to preserve affordable apartment complex in Oakland

Emily DeRuy, The Mercury News

As rents continue to climb in Oakland, a housing nonprofit will renovate an aging complex in the city’s Chinatown neighborhood and reserve all 33 Read More

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The big problem with affordable housing

Jenna Chandler, Curbed Los Angeles

There’s a big problem with most affordable housing in Los Angeles: It eventually flips to market rate. In the next year, 3,260 income-restricted apartments in Read More

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Preventing homelessness key to solving the current crisis

Jesse Gabriel, Los Angeles Daily News

As California grapples with an unprecedented homelessness crisis, there has been much discussion about helping those currently on the streets, with far less focus Read More

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SB 50 didn’t pass. But California is still considering these housing bills.

Elijah Chiland, Curbed Los Angeles

The California Senate voted to reject Senate Bill 50 last week, ending (at least temporarily) a high-profile debate about housing development and density. That heated conversation Read More

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Former Santa Rosa school board president opts not to run for third term

Yousef Baig, The Press Democrat

When she was president of the Santa Rosa school board, Jenni Klose got invited to a lot of public events. Many invitations came in Read More

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Bipartisan Coalition Introduces Legislation to Combat Imminent Loss of Affordable Housing

CA State Assembly Democratic Caucus

New Tax Credit Will Help Preserve 25,000 Subsidized Affordable Housing Units at Risk of Converting to Market Rate Units Over the Next Five Years

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More States See Zoning as Lever to Lower Housing Costs

Sophie Quinton, Stateline

California state Sen. Scott Wiener has a simple explanation for the Golden State’s affordable housing crisis: “Decades of bad housing policy.” The Democrat particularly Read More

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Can Microunits Help Solve LA’s Housing Crisis? One Developer Is Betting On It

Joseph Pimentel, Bisnow Los Angeles

With Los Angeles facing a housing shortage and affordable housing crisis, a Seattle-based developer believes going small could be the right solution to the Read More

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You’ve just been named California’s homelessness czar — what’s your first move?

Matt Levin, CalMatters

Gov. Gavin Newsom has taken grief for failing to fulfill what seems like a pretty achievable campaign promise: appointing a homelessness “czar” to help the Read More

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Houses, rental vouchers, spending money: Can LA fix its homeless crisis?

Elijah Chiland, Curbed LA

Service providers weigh in on potential solutions Tonight thousands of volunteers will begin an annual three-night count to determine how many people in Los Angeles are Read More

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Tech Companies Are Throwing Money At The Housing Crisis. Advocates Are Skeptical.

Ally Schweitzer, WAMU 88.5 American University Radio

Industry giants like Google, Amazon and Apple have been blamed for driving up housing costs in technology hubs across the country. Recently they’ve begun Read More

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Debt Drama Pits California Housing Crisis Against Train to Las Vegas

Romy Varghese, Bloomberg

In California, the homelessness capital of the nation, affordable-housing developers have deluged the state with far more requests for tax-exempt bond money than the Read More

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HUD: Homelessness up nearly 17% in California since 2018

Andy Krauss, KRCR News

CALIFORNIA — The amount of homeless people living in California increased 16.4% since 2018, according to the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development. The Read More

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California’s homelessness crisis — and possible solutions — explained

Matt Levin & Jackie Botts, CalMatters

California’s most vexing issue is also its most shameful: the large and rising number of residents who lack a safe place to call home. Read More

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Council looks to raise minimum to $15 an hour

Libby Leyden, Half Moon Bay Review

While the state is setting a $1 increase in minimum wage in January, the city of Half Moon Bay is looking to expedite the Read More

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A vestige of segregation that could go before California voters next year

Louis Hansen, The Mercury News

The repeal of a constitutional amendment discouraging public housing — a vestige of pro-segregation sentiment from the 1950s — could go before California voters Read More

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California Strategic Growth Council Newsletter December 2019

California Strategic Growth Council

California Housing Partnership and Enterprise Community Partners this week released a report highlighting the positive impacts of more than $1.1 billion in investments made over four funding Read More

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CA’s Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program Works

Melanie Curry, Streetsblog California

New annual report outlines progress of program to increase affordable housing and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Other benefits: getting agencies to work together, creating Read More

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Is Gavin Newsom’s housing policy ‘rudderless’? Advocates want more done to lower California costs

Sophia Bollag, Sacramento Bee

In his first 10 months in office, Gov. Gavin Newsom approved $1.75 billion in new spending on housing programs and helped pass new laws Read More

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Placer County Supervisors Back Private Housing Trust Proposal

Staff, Roseville Today

AFFORDABLE HOUSING CHALLENGES | AUBURN, Calif. – A proposed framework for a new private housing trust in Placer County received unanimous support Tuesday from Read More

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‘Dismal’ number of new homes is Fresno’s failure, councilman says. Is there a solution?

Thaddeus Miller, Fresno Bee

Fresno City Councilmember Luis Chavez is pushing a new plan to expand the city’s sphere of influence — an issue past councils have argued Read More

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Private housing trust proposal gets support from Placer Board of Supervisors

County of Placer

A proposed framework for a new private housing trust in Placer County received unanimous support Tuesday from the Placer County Board of Supervisors, moving Read More

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Apple pledges $2.5B to expand affordable housing in California

Jason Plautz, Smart Cities Dive

Tech companies have shouldered much of the blame for the recent housing crunch, as they have brought an influx of jobs that exceeded new Read More

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City continues to work toward affordable housing project here

Libby Leyden, Half Moon Bay Review

The city of Half Moon Bay, like many other jurisdictions, continues to struggle to facilitate an affordable housing development. Problems include costs associated with Read More

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Apartment rents are up almost 19% in Fresno since 2016. What does it cost to rent here?

Tim Sheehan, Fresno Bee

The average cost to rent an apartment in Fresno rose slightly between August and September, as the city remained one of the least-expensive California Read More

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Who suffers the most from California’s high rents? It’s not the middle class

Kate Irby and Hannah Wiley, Sacramento Bee

California’s middle-class families are facing a rising rent crisis, a reality that prompted a flurry of new state laws to make housing more affordable. But Read More

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Newsom says he’s done a good job fixing California’s housing crisis. Facts say otherwise

Liam Dillon, Los Angeles Times

On the campaign trail and during his first months in office, Gov. Gavin Newsom called for an unprecedented response to California’s housing crisis. He Read More

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County still grapples with housing affordability, homelessness

Dylan Svoboda, Mountain Democrat

Rebecca and Ken Green’s homeless experience began long before they found themselves sleeping on the streets and hopping between shelters. “I had trauma, drug Read More

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Sonoma County seeks single review, rezoning for dozens of potential high-density housing projects

Tyler Silvy, The Press Democrat

Sonoma County officials are seeking to clear the way for about four dozen higher density housing projects — with at least 500 or more Read More

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Proposed Supportive Housing Project Would Add 454 Units Near Hollywood

Greg Cornfield, Commercial Observer

A supportive housing firm is planning to redevelop a property near Hollywood with 454 affordable units to help address the growing homeless population and the corresponding affordability Read More

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Southern California’s Rent Is Growing Nearly Twice as Fast as the Inflation Rate

Greg Cornfield, Commercial Observer

The region has been one of the least affordable places to live in the country for years. But now the local Consumer Price Index Read More

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A Moratorium on Moratoriums: California’s SB 330 Clears Obstacles to Housing

Greg Cornfield, Commercial Observer

A new state housing bill that will suspend added development restrictions by local governments, such as housing moratoriums and added fees, is set to Read More

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Senate Passes Bill to Repeal Constitutional Roadblock to Affordable Housing

The Davis Vanguard

Article 34 of the California Constitution requires cities to submit projects to a voter referendum when public funds are allocated to developing low-income rental Read More

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Sacramento mayor ‘wary’ of Trump’s offer for homeless aid. But says CA cities should listen

Theresa Clift, Sacramento Bee

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg and other California elected officials are skeptical as the Trump administration focuses attention on homelessness in California cities, but are Read More

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Placer County sets new goal for affordable housing construction, releases new rules for mixed housing

Sierra Sun

Geared to address a growing crisis of housing affordability, the Placer County Board of Supervisors approved a series of new initiatives aimed at kickstarting Read More

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It’s Backkkkkk?! State Bill Wants To Revive Redevelopment Agencies To Tackle Housing Shortage

Larry Mantle, 89.3 KPCC Member-Support News for Southern California

In 2011, while California was experiencing budget issues, Governor Jerry Brown killed redevelopment agencies. Now, there’s a newly proposed bill that would bring a version of Read More

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Deal to stop rent increases at Chinatown apartment complex falling apart

Bianca Barragan, Curbed Los Angeles

Negotiations between Los Angeles City Councilmember Gil Cedillo and the owner of a Chinatown apartment complex to keep tenants in their homes—without rent increases—arebreaking down. About 20 Read More

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What Is The Federal Government Doing To End Homelessness In LA?

Matt Tinoco, The LAist

Los Angeles’ homelessness crisis is costing local governments and the state of California billions of dollars. Most of the money being spent to address Read More

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California must not repeat old mistakes as it seeks new ways to end homelessness

Chris Martin & Sharon Rapport, Special to CalMatters

Gov. Gavin Newsom is right when he says: “Shelter solves sleep. Housing solves homelessness.”  Shelters are short-term responses, not the long-term solution to California’s Read More

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Renting or buying a home is a challenge for many in Redlands

Alejandro Cano, Redlands Community News

In the greatest country in the world, a person working 40 hours per week should at least be able to afford life basic needs Read More

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Bad news for Gavin Newsom’s housing goals: New home permits are down in California

Kate Irby, Sophia Bollag, and Hannah Wiley, The Sacramento Bee

California communities are approving residential building permits at a slower rate than they did last year, a sign Gov. Gavin Newsom faces an even Read More

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Has Gavin Newsom Made Progress On His Pledge To Boost California’s Housing Supply?

Chris Nichols, Valley Public Radio

On the campaign trail, Gavin Newsom promised to rapidly expand California’s housing supply, saying he would “lead the effort to develop 3.5 million new Read More

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Corporate tax cuts blocked at least 15,000 affordable homes in California. Here’s how

Kate Irby, Sacramento Bee

Affordable housing advocates warned that the corporate tax cuts passed by Republicans in 2017 could have disastrous effects on the development of more affordable Read More

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Radio Interview with KNX 1070: Impact of Corporate Tax Cuts on Affordable Housing

KNX 1070 Newsradio Los Angeles

Interview with President & CEO of the California Housing Partnership Matt Schwartz: “We had a 1.4 billion dollar reduction in corporate purchases of low-income Read More

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Kanye West takes on California’s housing crisis, with help from Star Wars

Marisa Kendall, The Mercury News

“We welcome his interest in finding solutions to housing low-income families and seniors and the homeless,” said Matt Schwartz, president and CEO of the Read More

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Finding an affordable home? Tough enough for many…

Karen Meeks, Long Beach Media Collaborative

Mary Zendejas needed to leave her home. She’d had a good run. For a decade she’d cultivated a two-bedroom, two-bath apartment into a place Read More

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Condos may be coming to skid row — but not for the homeless

Gale Holland, Los Angeles Times

Apartments and condominiums for the middle class could be coming to skid row, under a rezoning plan unveiled Tuesday. But skid row advocates warn Read More

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Rancho Santa Margarita could lose nearly half its affordable housing supply

Jeong Park, The Orange County Register

Rancho Santa Margarita could lose nearly half its supply of affordable housing at the end of this year. The owner of Villa La Paz Read More

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Local Homeless Shelters in the Making

Carl Robinette, Los Feliz Ledger

Officials say more affordable housing construction is critical to reducing a growing homeless population in Los Angeles as a shortage of 517,000 low-income housing Read More

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Local landlords offering housing units to homeless individuals due to California Housing Summit

Lezla Gooden, 23ABC News Bakersfield

BAKERSFIELD,Calif. — In May the California Housing Partnership stated that Kern County is in a housing crisis for low-income renters and would need 26,000 Read More

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Nobody Knows What to Do About L.A.’s Homelessness Crisis

Todd S. Purdum, The Atlantic

LOS ANGELES—The problem is anything but invisible. Tent cities line freeway underpasses mere blocks from some of the richest zip codes in the nation. Read More

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The big problem with affordable housing

Jenna Chandler, Curbed Los Angeles

There’s a big problem with affordable housing: It eventually flips to market rate. In the next five years, by the city’s estimate, 8,597 income-restricted Read More

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Evictions loom for Chinatown residents who can’t find affordable housing

Steve Lopez, Los Angeles Times

“Hi, Thelma,” Shao Zhao said Wednesday evening to her longtime neighbor, Thelma Caseres, who was strolling through the courtyard of the Hillside Villa apartments Read More

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Will L.A.’s Homelessness Spike Lead to a Course Correction?

Jessica Goodheart, Capital & Main

Cold hard data can focus the mind of voters and politicians alike. Los Angeles voters have been generous on homelessness issues in recent years, Read More

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Homelessness as a Given? The Loss of Urgency

Kori Kanayama, Nonprofit Quarterly

In Los Angeles, the epicenter of “a particularly brutal style of homelessness” in which 75 percent of homeless people are unsheltered, the attention often Read More

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Google Pledges $1B To Help Ease Bay Area Housing Crisis

Donna Goodison, CRN

While Matt Schwartz, CEO of the California Housing Partnership, also welcomed Google’s announcement, he urged it to “provide additional details showing exactly how the Read More

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County votes to ban landlords from discriminating against Section 8 tenants

City News Service, Long Beach Post

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday, Jan. 11, to ban landlords from discriminating against would-be tenants with government-issued housing vouchers or Read More

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Looking for affordable housing in Fresno? Here’s your chance to apply for some options

Brianna Calix, The Fresno Bee

If you’re looking for affordable housing in Fresno and hope to receive rental assistance, you have about two weeks to submit your application to Read More

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Homelessness jumps 12% in L.A. County and 16% in the city; officials ‘stunned’

Benjamin Oreskes and Doug Smith, Los Angeles Times

In a hard reality check for Los Angeles County’s multibillion-dollar hope of ending homelessness, officials reported Tuesday that the number of people living on Read More

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REPORT: AFFORDABLE HOUSING GETTING SCARCER, LESS AFFORDABLE

David Castellon, The Business Journal

A series of reports on eight Valley counties show a staggering deficit of available housing for low-income renters and increasing costs pushing housing options Read More

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LA County Homelessness Is Getting Worse. Here Are The Numbers

Matt Tinoco, LAist

The news is bad. The number of people living in Los Angeles County without a permanent home is up 12% across the board. The Read More

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Despite Increased Spending, Homelessness Up 12% In Los Angeles County

Anna Scott, NPR, KCRW

Homelessness is up in Los Angeles County for the third time in four years. Numbers released Tuesday show nearly 59,000 people living on the Read More

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A little-noticed zoning twist is set to spark a home-building boom in L.A.

Andrew Khouri, Los Angeles Times

On a recent spring day, bulldozers leveled the low-slung Holiday Auto Plaza in Palms, home to several repair shops. Just another unremarkable commercial building Read More

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Sacramento Needs 63,000 New Rental Units, Housing Nonprofit Says

Bob Moffitt, Capital Public Radio

Sacramento County needs 63,00 new apartments and homes to meet the demand of renters, according to a new report by the California Housing Partnership. Read More

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Affordable Housing Advocates Launch Campaign for $900 Million Bond Measure

Chris Jennewein, Times of San Diego

Advocates of affordable housing have begun a campaign for a $900 million city bond issue to fund construction of 7,500 units for veterans, elderly Read More

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Should the City Use Eminent Domain to Keep Housing Affordable?

Zoie Matthew, Los Angeles Magazine

For more than a decade, Shao Zhao has called Chinatown’s sprawling, green stucco Hillside Villa apartment complex her home. Perched off Cesar Chavez Avenue, Read More

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Report: LA needs 516,946 affordable homes to meet demand

Elijah Chiland, Curbed Los Angeles

Los Angeles’s affordable housing crisis is well documented, but an annual report from the California Housing Partnership and the Southern California Association of Nonprofit Housing shines Read More

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Southern California lacks 759,000 affordable homes, report says

Jeff Collins, Orange County Register

Fewer than a third of low-income families have access to housing they can afford in Southern California, a housing advocacy group reported Tuesday, May Read More

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Report: “A Green New Deal for Renters” Is Possible

Maria Stamas & Michele Knab Hasson, NRDC Expert Blog

A new report makes a strong case for Los Angeles leaders to reassess the city’s investments in energy efficiency programs to ensure they better serve affordable Read More

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Major California housing bill down but not dead, Healdsburg senator says

Will Schmitt, The Press Democrat

A landmark bill to spur housing development statewide, including near transit centers such as the North Bay’s commuter train line, will be revived next Read More

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Many CA Low-Income Renters Still Waiting for Clean Energy

Merrien Borgeson and Maria Stamas, NRDC Expert Blog

We know how to slash energy bills and reduce climate pollution for low-income housing in California. A new report shows that more than 10,000 low-income renter Read More

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DOE Partners on Zero-Carbon Retrofits for Multifamily Building Sector

Emily Holbrook, Energy Manager Today

The US Department of Energy (DOE) and the California Energy Commission (CEC) announced a collaboration with the Rocky Mountain Institute to catalyze the development of a speedy and Read More

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Affordable housing crisis even hits Solano County residents

Rachel Raskin-Zrihen, Vallejo Times Herald

If you don’t earn at least $36 per hour, you can’t afford to live in Solano County, the most affordable county in the Bay Read More

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Should cities subsidize housing for a family making $141,000?

Peter Jamison, The Washington Post

California’s governor wants to fund housing for families whose moderate income puts them beyond the scope of current assistance programs. Similar efforts are underway Read More

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Assembly Bill 724: Nation’s First State-Wide Rental Registry On Track to Pass California Committee

Assemblymember Buffy Wicks, The Oakland News Now

Sacramento, CA. — As activists barnstorm California’s Capital this week, advocating for solutions to the state’s housing crisis, Assemblymember Buffy Wicks’ (D – Oakland) Read More

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Rents are rising in Fresno. See how much, and how they compare with other parts of the state

Tim Sheehan, Fresno Bee

Fresno experienced one of the highest rates of year-over-year increases in apartment rents among California’s 10 largest cities between March 2018 and March 2019, Read More

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Report: Rent burden in LA ranks third in US

Elijah Chiland, Curbed Los Angeles

Most Los Angeles renters are probably all too aware of the city’s high housing costs, but a new report from the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation Read More

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Affordable housing in LA keeps rent low-but it comes with an expiration date

Elijah Chiland, Curbed Los Angeles

For the last three decades, Hillside Villa, a pale green, stucco-coated building on Hill Place has been, for several hundred residents of Chinatown, a consistently Read More

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Valley lawmakers should back new housing bills to protect low-income renters

Lety Valencia and Ashley Werner, Fresno Bee

Thousands of Central Valley residents live under a constant threat and wonder, “How much longer can I afford to stay in my home?”

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With renters struggling, California still needs 1.4 million affordable units, report finds

Sophia Bollag, Sacramento Bee

Despite recent laws and new funding to boost housing construction, California still needs 1.4 million more affordable rental units, according to a report out Thursday. Of Read More

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Opportunity Zones: The Antidote to Los Angeles Housing Crisis

Ridaa Murad, Forbes Real Estate Council

It’s no secret that there is an affordable housing crisis in Los Angeles, and it doesn’t appear to be getting any better. To help paint the Read More

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Once a sleepy giant, Los Angeles’ core awakens

The Business Times

LOS Angeles’ downtown was little more than a sleepy office district not too long ago, where tens of thousands of suburbanites would clear out Read More

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California’s $100 Million 2019 Low Income Solar Program Near Roll Out

Charles Thurston, Clean Technica

California’s investor-owned utilities are preparing to spend up to $100 million this year bringing solar to low income buildings, with an expected launch of Read More

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Can California homes and businesses quit natural gas? Some say yes

J.D. Morris, San Francisco Chronicle

To meet its aggressive goals for fighting climate change, California wants to wean millions of homes and businesses in the state off natural gas.

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Rising Bay Area rents hit communities of color hardest

Louis Hansen, Mercury News

Rising Bay Area rents have taken the heaviest toll on minority communities, displacing more low-income black, Latino and Asian residents than poor white residents, Read More

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‘All hands on deck’: Can public-private solutions solve Calif. housing crisis?

Martin Kuz, Christian Science Monitor

In his inaugural address last month, California Gov. Gavin Newsom vowed to create “a Marshall Plan” to alleviate the state’s housing shortage.

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Housing meant for the Bay Area’s poorest residents is slowly vanishing

Marisa Kendall, Mercury News

As Bay Area communities struggle to build enough housing for their poorest residents, one factor keeps threatening their progress: the affordable housing they already have Read More

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PolitiFact California: Gavin Newsom’s Housing Tax Credit Promise Is ‘In The Works’

Chris Nichols and Sami Soto, JPR

On the campaign trail, Gavin Newsom promised a “Marshall Plan” to confront California’s affordable housing crisis. He said he’d help the state build its Read More

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Editorial: As the Bay Area’s housing crisis continues, segregation grows

Editorial Board, San Francisco Chronicle

The Bay Area’s housing crisis isn’t just straining residents’ wallets. According to a new study from UC Berkeley and the California Housing Partnership, it’s resegregating cities, Read More

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Bay Area housing prices push low-income minorities farther out, study finds

Kimberly Veklerov, San Francisco Chronicle

The rising cost of housing in the Bay Area has dramatically resegregated neighborhoods by race and pushed minority families to the outer edges of Read More

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State Treasurer in Fresno for Listening Tour on Housing

Frank Lopez, The Business Journal

The Fresno Housing Authority hosted an Affordable Housing Listening Tour featuring California State Treasurer Fiona Ma at the Legacy Commons apartment complex in Fresno Read More

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Bay Area housing gets $500 million boost, with launch of region’s largest fund

Marisa Kendall, Mercury News

Bay Area power brokers fired a major shot in the fight against the housing shortage Thursday, as tech leaders, elected officials and philanthropists came together Read More

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Opinion: Low-income renters who face evictions need pro-bono help from Valley’s lawyers

Emilia Morris and Marcos Segura, Fresno Bee

Last summer, a Fresno family repeatedly asked their landlord to repair a faulty electrical system in their home. The landlord ignored their pleas, the Read More

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How Northern California’s destructive wildfires could exacerbate the state’s housing crisis

Liam Dillon, Los Angeles Times

Northern California’s recent wildfires have burned homes at a greater pace than developers are building them, deepening a housing shortage that already has left Read More

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Ballots for Buildings: Voters Weigh Affordable Housing Measures

Teresa Wiltz, The PEW Charitable Trusts

Amid a rapid rise in housing costs in many parts of the country, voters in eight states will consider measures today that would either Read More

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County approves deal to create 196 affordable apartments in massive Marina del Rey complex

Bianca Barragan, Curbed LA

County supervisors have approved a deal to put 196 affordable units in the huge Mariners Village apartment complex in Marina del Rey.

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El Monte to open its next affordable housing project, but demand is still enormous

Chris Lindahl, Pasadena Star-News

In August, a developer unfurled a banner on the under-construction Palo Verde Apartments on Peck Road in El Monte, encouraging passersby — especially people Read More

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Opinion: Californians Suffer From Multimillion Unit Home Shortage — What Can Be Done Now?

Neil Shekhter, Forbes

The gap that exists between the number of homes demanded in the state of California and the number of homes supplied has widened rapidly Read More

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Santa Cruz County To Vote On Affordable Housing Bond

Erika Mahoney, 90.3 KAZU

California’s expensive housing market is pushing people out. That’s a top concern for some as they head to the polls. In Santa Cruz County, Read More

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Affordable Housing: Santa Cruz County to consider lowering fees to build accessory ‘granny unit’

Nicholas Ibarra, Santa Cruz Sentinel

In its latest step to address the local housing crisis, Santa Cruz County is putting together a pilot program that would lower development fees Read More

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1 in 3 Bay Area renters have less than $1,000 saved

Marisa Kendall, Marin Independent Journal

Nearly a third of Bay Area renters are one financial emergency away from missing a rent payment — and potentially getting slapped with an Read More

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UC Berkeley Housing Report Shows A Re-Segregation Of The Bay Area

SF Gate

Soaring Bay Area housing costs have led to a wave of racial and income segregation, according to a new report from the University of Read More

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Rising housing costs are re-segregating the Bay Area, study shows

Science X

New reports from the Urban Displacement Project at UC Berkeley and the California Housing Partnership confirm that rising housing costs between 2000 and 2015 Read More

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Redlining: The history of Berkeley’s segregated neighborhoods

Jesse Barber, Berkeleyside

The reason African Americans and other minorities mostly live in South and West Berkeley can be traced back to government-supported racist housing practices.

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Planning director says LA could hit the mayor’s housing goal two years early

Elijah Chiland, Curbed LA

Los Angeles may reach a housing goal set by Mayor Eric Garcetti ahead of schedule, according to the city’s planning director, Vince Bertoni.

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How the housing crisis segregates the Bay Area

Marisa Kendall, Mercury News

The Bay Area’s soaring housing costs are pushing out low-income families of color at a greater rate than their white counterparts, according to a Read More

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Study links Bay Area economic boom to new segregation

Tom Vacar, KTVU

UC Berkeley’s Urban Displacement Project and the California Housing Partnership released a study about how the concentration of highly paid workers in the central Bay Area Read More

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Housing prices are resegregating the Bay Area, UC Berkeley study finds

Kimberly Veklerov, San Francisco Chronicle

The Bay Area’s soaring housing costs are pushing poor people into neighborhoods where poverty and racial segregation are on the rise, a UC Berkeley study Read More

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Report finds Santa Cruz County needs almost 12,000 new affordable housing units

Vicente Serna, KION 5/46

According to a nonprofit that looks at housing, Santa Cruz County needs to create nearly 12,000 affordable rental homes to meet local demand. 

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Santa Cruz County lacking affordable housing

Sierra Starks, KSBW 8

A new report says Santa Cruz County is falling far behind where it should be to meet the demand for affordable housing.

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Report: Santa Cruz County in need of nearly 12,000 new affordable rentals

Nicholas Ibarra, Santa Cruz Sentinel

Santa Cruz County is in need of nearly 12,000 new affordable rental homes to meet demand, according to a report released Tuesday by the Read More

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L.A. County to consider temporary measure to cap rent increases

Nina Agrawal, Los Angeles Times

Jose Nunez has lived for 20 years in a small studio in the Florence-Firestone area, and says he has always paid the rent on Read More

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If you’re a renter, odds are you’re paying more. See just how much more

Tim Sheehan, Fresno Bee

Apartment rent prices were on the rise in Fresno compared to a year ago, with the average monthly cost in August more than 5 Read More

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Clean energy nonprofit team selected to run California’s multifamily housing solar program

Kelsey Misbrener, Solar Power World

A team of leading clean energy and affordable housing organizations in California will run the state’s new Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing (SOMAH) Program. 

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A Deeper Dive Into California’s Housing And Homelessness Crisis

Victoria Cabales, CALmatters

Over 134,000 Californians now face homelessness on any given night. Recent research conducted at UCLA found that there is a correlation between high cost Read More

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High housing costs squeeze S.J. tenants

Danielle Vaughn, Lodi News-Sentinel

Low-income renters in San Joaquin County are spending 63 percent of their income on rent and the production of affordable housing in the county Read More

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Housing, Homelessness And The California Dream

Adriene Hill, The California Dream project, KPBS

On any given night in California, there are about 134,000 people without a home, according to annual data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Read More

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Housing crisis defined: Stanislaus lacks 20,000 rentals for the poor, report says

Kevin Valine, Modesto Bee

Stanislaus County needs nearly 20,000 more apartments and other affordable housing to meet the needs of its low-income renters, according to a California Housing Read More

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County has new plan to end homelessness but no funding yet

Sam Morgen, Bakersfield Californian

Faced with mounting public concern and an uptick in homelessness, the Kern County Board of Supervisors held a community meeting Monday to discuss how Read More

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A 2018 Snapshot of Homelessness in Los Angeles County

Neighborhood Data for Social Change, KCET-TV

According to homelessness counts between 2010 and 2017, the number of homeless people across Los Angeles County went from 38,700 to over 55,000 – Read More

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Opinion: Kamala Harris’ rent subsidy bill the wrong solution to California’s housing crisis

Sal Rodriguez, Orange County Register

In response to rising rents in California, Sen. Kamala Harris introduced legislation last month intended to provide relief to renters. The Rent Relief Act would create a refundable tax Read More

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One Viral Photo Illustrates The Alarming Employment And Housing Problems Of The Bay Area

Araceli Cruz, GOOD Magazine

“This is my make-it-or-break-it moment,” David Casarez said. “I have to do something crazy.” The 26-year-old told an NBC affiliate that he was just Read More

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City Building List of Affordable Housing ‘Time Bombs’

Kinsee Morlan, Voice of San Diego

Affordable housing advocates think they’ve got a way to combat San Diego’s affordable housing shortage: keep track of the city’s affordable housing.

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CZI Goes to Bat for Affordable Housing

Martin Levine, Nonprofit Quarterly

With a $250,000 donation, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) has stepped forward to support an effort to ease California’s affordable housing difficulties. 

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Close to Home: Give Santa Rosa renters a floor and a ceiling

Martin J. Bennett, Opinion, The Press Democrat

Sonoma County’s affordable housing crisis, which was challenging prior to the Tubbs fire, is now on the verge of catastrophe. The county and all nine Read More

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The Outrageous Burden of Housing Costs in Southern California

Lolita Lopez and Josh Underwood-Davis, NBC 4

Housing costs are climbing across Southern California, but low-income families are the ones being hit the hardest. If you pay more than 30 percent Read More

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Coalition applauds California’s low-income rooftop solar investment

Kelsey Misbrener, Solar Power World

Solar industry, renewable energy and environmental justice organizations and advocates applauded a decision today by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) that will increase Read More

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Report: Workers need to make $27 an hour to afford median rent in Sacramento County

Giacomo Luca, KXTV ABC 10

In Sacramento County, a renter needs to earn nearly $27 an hour to afford the area’s median rent of $1,400 per month, according to Read More

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LA rental prices are on an upward crawl

Elijah Chiland, Curbed LA

Rental prices in Los Angeles creeped up slightly in May, according to a new report from Apartment List. The median price for a two-bedroom apartment is Read More

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Opinion: Democratic establishment dominance has failed California

Sal Rodriguez, Orange County Register

As Californians cast their votes on June 5, it’s worth reflecting on the current state of affairs in the Golden State. California leads the Read More

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LA’s homeless population is finally falling

Elijah Chiland, Curbed LA

The number of homeless residents across Los Angeles County has dropped to 53,195, new figures show. That 3 percent dip since 2017 is the Read More

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Homeless numbers fall in LA County, but in San Fernando, San Gabriel valleys and South Bay, it’s a different story

Elizabeth Chou, Daily News

After three years of growing homelessness, the population of people without a permanent or stable roof over their heads in Los Angeles County fell Read More

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Our View: Hits & Misses: Kern is the king of wind power

The Bakersfield Californian

HIT – Kern County is the king of wind power. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, Kern’s 4,581 wind turbines are more than any Read More

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California’s housing shortage is not sustainable

Editorial Board, Orange County Register

New reports from the nonprofit California Housing Partnership provide insight into just how significant the shortage of affordable housing in Southern California really is. Read More

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The Deep, Uniquely American Roots of Our Affordable-Housing Crisis

Bryce Covert, The Nation

When Rosalina Hernández and her husband moved into their studio apartment on Los Angeles Street in South Central LA 15 years ago, the place Read More

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Report: San Diego Housing Pinch Linked To Redevelopment Loss

Tom Fudge, KPBS News

The loss of redevelopment funding was a major cause of San Diego’s housing and homelessness crisis. That’s the conclusion of a new report released by the San Read More

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Report: Despite strong demand, low-income housing in Kern still on decline

Joseph Luiz, Bakersfield Californian

Kern County has seen an 85 percent reduction in low-income housing production just since 2016, according to a new report from the California Housing Read More

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How much affordable housing does LA need?

Elijah Chiland, Curbed LA

Los Angeles County has an extreme shortfall of affordable housing, according to a new report from the California Housing Partnership and the Southern California Read More

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Solano supervisor applauds $5B homeless, affordable housing bill introduced in Senate

Todd R. Hansen, Daily Republic

FAIRFIELD — A $5 billion proposal to fund homeless and affordable housing projects was introduced Wednesday in the state Senate. The bill was applauded Read More

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Reporte: familias en San Diego gastan hasta el 69% de su salario en vivienda

Melissa Adan and Christina Bravo, Telemundo 20

Las familias de bajos ingresos en San Diego están gastando alrededor del 69 por ciento de sus ingresos en vivienda, según un nuevo informe Read More

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Report reveals alarming data on San Diego’s housing emergency

Ginger Jeffries, KUSI News

A report from the San Diego Housing Federation and the California Housing Partnership finds a direct relationship between a lack of state bond funding Read More

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Making it in San Diego: Region needs 143,000 affordable homes now, report says

Jonathan Horn, ABC 10 San Diego

San Diego’s affordable housing crisis has been getting more dire over the last five years because there’s a lack of resources, a new report from Read More

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Southern California needs nearly 1 million affordable homes, report says

Jeff Collins, Orange County Register

Los Angeles and Orange Counties have a shortfall of more than 660,000 homes affordable to the poorest families in the region — those earning Read More

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Some San Diego Families Spending 69% of Income on Housing: Report

Melissa Adan and Christina Bravo, NBC 7 San Diego

Low-income families in San Diego are spending about 69 percent of their income on housing, according to a new report released by the California Read More

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Reports: Funding cuts leave Inland Empire short 137,000 affordable rental units

Andrew Edwards, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

Affordable housing advocates are blaming the 6-year-old elimination of California redevelopment agencies and other reductions in government funding for a near-137,000 unit shortfall in Read More

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New state bill could boost funding for affordable housing near transit

Elijah Chiland, Curbed LA

A new bill working its way through the state legislature could provide California cities with more funding for affordable housing and public transit projects.

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Editorial: The Bay Area’s housing crisis has become an emergency

Editorial Board, San Francisco Chronicle

California’s housing crisis is centered in the Bay Area, and the region’s booming economy is increasingly inequitable and unsustainable. That’s the message of two Read More

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California Just Became the First State to Require Solar Panels on New Residential Construction

Amy Thomson, Mother Jones

California just became the first state to mandate solar panels on nearly all new residential homes. The mandate is part of California’s “Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan,” Read More

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California Takes Big Step to Require Solar on New Homes

Erin Ailworth, Wall Street Journal

California took a major step Wednesday toward becoming the first state to require solar panels on nearly all new homes, the latest sign of Read More

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Bay Area gears up for ‘Affordable Housing Week’ festivities

Marisa Kendall, Mercury News

In a creative move that says housing issues are a priority, civic leaders around the Bay Area are declaring next week “Affordable Housing Week.”

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Report: Renters need to earn $54.81 per hour to afford living in Santa Clara County

Cupertino Today

Another grim report about the housing crisis emerged this week — this one stating renters living in Santa Clara County need to earn $54.81 Read More

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The Bay Area’s Affordable Housing Crisis is Only Getting Worse

Rebecca Worby, Pacific Standard

A new report from the California Housing Partnership, an affordable housing non-profit, shows just how wide the gulf between Bay Area housing costs and wages Read More

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You need to earn nearly $50 per hour to afford median rent in many parts of the Bay Area

Michelle Robertson, SFGate

To afford median rent in many Bay Area counties, a worker must make nearly four times the local minimum wage, according to a new report by Read More

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Fresno’s poor spend 73 percent of their income on rent. They seek affordable housing

BoNhia Lee, The Fresno Bee

Fresno County needs more than 41,000 affordable rental homes to meet demand and reduce the burden on low-income families, according to a new housing emergency Read More

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As Bay Area rents soar, many can’t keep up

Katy Murphy, The Mercury News

A new report highlights the grim reality of renters struggling to keep a roof over their heads in the midst of a tech-fueled economic Read More

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New report sheds light on Fresno County “housing emergency” for low-income renters

Fox26 News

The California Housing Partnership released a detailed report about the housing emergencies in Fresno County for low-income renters. It found that renters need to Read More

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Why LA County could lose $3 billion worth of affordable housing

Rina Palta, 89.3 KPCC

L.A. County is at risk of losing roughly $3 billion worth of affordable housing in the next five years, according to a draft report Read More

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Preserving old, low-rent apartments could play key role in solving San Diego’s housing crisis

David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune

A new battleground is emerging in San Diego’s housing crisis: the need to preserve thousands of older apartments with subsidized rent restrictions that will Read More

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Boost to affordable housing is part of new $1.3-trillion federal budget

Andrew Khouri, Los Angeles Times

In passing a $1.3-trillion spending package, Congress didn’t just avert a government shutdown. It also provided a boost to affordable housing developers who say Read More

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Affordable housing projects are threatened as tax cuts undermine a source of funding

Andrew Khouri, Los Angeles Times

On 1st Street in Santa Ana — not far from where authorities recently cleared a tent encampment along the Santa Ana River near Angel Read More

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Editorial: One reason you can’t afford California housing? State subsidies.

Editorial Board, San Francisco Chronicle

California’s homeownership rates are the lowest they’ve been since the 1940s, but that’s not stopping homeowners from getting enormous subsidies from the state.

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California homeowners receive $6 billion a year in subsidies — 15 times more than renters, report finds

Liam Dillon, Los Angeles Times

Homeowners in California received nearly $6 billion in state tax subsidies last year, according to a new report that also revealed a wide gap between Read More

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LA County looks to build up housing stock

Rina Palta, 89.3 KPCC

L.A. County officials, looking to address massive housing affordability challenges, are looking to expand the ways they encourage construction of low-income housing.

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Sacramento’s housing crisis won’t be solved without rent control

Margarita Maldonado and Jefferson McGee, Sacramento Bee

In the Jan. 31 editorial “Unsure About Rent Control? Here’s Another Way to Protect California Tenants,” the columnist Erika Smith presented repetitive myths about the Read More

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Walls and Bridges, Part 2: How Our Past Choices and Current Biases Continue to Shape Our World

Lisa Baker, Journal of Housing and Community Development

The California Housing Partnership Corporation, in its March 2018 report, California’s Housing Emergency, found that the State of California’s expenditures per household are “highly inequitable” Read More

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How New Tax Law Impacts Low-Income Housing

Sue Reynolds & Matt Schwartz for the San Diego Union-Tribune

Commentary by Sue Reynolds and Matt Schwartz on how the Republican tax plan hurts the San Diego housing market and devalues the LIHTC.

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Los Angeles blames wildfires on homeless, but evicting them won’t solve the real problems: Climate change and urban sprawl

Alleen Brown, Eric Preven, Joshua Preven | The Intercept

IN THE EARLY-MORNING hours of December 6, a wildfire began spreading through the hills surrounding Bel Air, California, eventually blazing through the Santa Monica Mountains Read More

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State says LA isn’t building enough housing—along with 525 other California cities

Elijah Chiland, Curbed LA

The vast majority of urban areas in the California—including Los Angeles—are failing to approve enough housing, a report released this week by the state Department of Read More

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Housing shortage: New report shows how California cities and counties stack up

Katy Murphy, Bay Area News Group

Nearly all the cities and counties in California — 97.6 percent — are failing to approve the housing needed to keep pace with population growth and will Read More

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Last year was a big year for housing in California. Lawmakers aren’t done yet.

Angela Hart, Sacramento Bee

California lawmakers are preparing new housing legislation this week, just months after Democrats in both houses pushed through the biggest legislative package on housing Read More

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California will soon see impact of GOP tax plan with loss of affordable housing

Louis Hansen, OC Register

The new Republican tax overhaul will likely chop plans for thousands of new affordable homes in California and further squeeze low-income renters, but experts say Read More

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Affordable housing in California takes hit under GOP tax plan

Louis Hansen, The Mercury News

The new Republican tax overhaul will likely chop plans for thousands of new affordable homes in California and further squeeze low-income renters, but experts say Read More

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Elderly low-income and homeless project in Grantville: Housing crisis for Grandma and Grandpa looms large

Julie Stalmer, San Diego Reader

Housing the homeless is a sticky wicket in San Diego. It’s even more daunting when those homeless are senior citizens with health issues. 

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How the Senate tax plan affects San Diego housing

Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune

The Senate passed a sweeping tax bill Saturday morning that has housing advocates, real estate agents and industry groups worried.

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An additional one million new residents could live in LA by 2035: report

The Real Deal

As Los Angeles County grapples with a severe housing shortage, a new study finds the population could see an increase of one million people Read More

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On a roll: Affordable housing advocates pack a San Francisco hotel and say they’re winning the battle

Richard Scheinin, The Mercury News

With all the persistent ranting about the housing crisis — how intractable it is, how it’s driving middle class and poor people from the Read More

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California Mayors Urge Lawmakers to Fix Housing Shortage

NBC Bay Area

The mayors of San Jose, San Francisco, Los Angeles and other big California cities urged lawmakers Wednesday to address the state’s housing shortage.

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California Developers Test New State Certificated Credits

Donna Kimura, Affordable Housing Finance Magazine

Several affordable housing developers are working to close the financing on their latest projects using new “certificated” credits in California. 

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Why affordable housing is part of the cap-and-trade conversation

Libby Denkmann, 89.3 KPCC

CHPC CEO Matt Schwartz interviewed on the connection between Cap-and-Trade and Housing Investments. 

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How affordable housing can help on climate change

Matt Schwartz and Lisa Hershey, Op-Ed for Sacramento Bee

Matt Schwartz and Lisa Hershey urge Gov. Brown to prioritize affordable homes in climate change strategy.

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Almost 1 million affordable homes needed for Southern California poor, report says

Jeff Collins, Orange County Register

A decline in government spending, rising rents and falling incomes have created a shortage of nearly one million affordable homes in five Southern California Read More

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Data Points to Enlarging Housing Gap: Housing Needs Assessment highlights San Mateo County Affordability Deficit

Samantha Weigel, Daily Journal

Housing advocates are pointing to newly released data about the growing gap of affordable options in San Mateo County as evidence that both state Read More

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Take action for affordable housing in the Bay Area

Matt Schwartz and Amie Fishman, Op-Ed for the San Francisco Chronicle

CHPC’s Matt Schwartz and NPH Executive Director Amie Fishman offer solutions to the Bay Area’s affordable housing crisis. 

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Affordable housing drying up across Bay Area, report finds

Kevin Fagan, San Francisco Chronicle

Skyrocketing rents, shrinking incomes and severe cuts in state- and federal-government support for affordable housing have made it far harder for lower-income Bay Area Read More

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LA County at risk of losing 14,000 affordable rentals

Josie Huang, KPCC

Los Angeles County officials are trying to stem the potential loss of some 14,000 affordable rentals over the next five years.

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Amid affordable housing crisis, number of units falls

James DeHaven, San Diego U-T

Even as officials say affordable housing is a top priority, San Diego County shed more subsidized rental housing over the past two decades than Read More

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Developers of affordable housing in California are on pins and needles over Trump’s tax plan

Liam Dillon, Los Angeles Times

President Trump’s election has thrown a wrench into low-income housing development across the country, especially in California.

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Most of California is House Poor

ABC 10, Sacramento

Sacramento County may seem to have cheaper housing, but an early state Department of Housing and Community Development report shows that it’s just as burdensome as Read More

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Can Curbing Gentrification Help Stop Climate Change?

DeAndrea Salvador, Pacific Standard Magazine

CHPC’s Dan Rinzler provides data and context to support the idea that building affordable homes near transit is an effective GhG reduction strategy…

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California Leaders Seek to Increase State LIHTC

Donna Kimura, Affordable Housing Finance Magazine

California lawmakers recently announced four bills aimed at addressing the state’s affordable housing crisis, including one that seeks to increase the state LIHTC program Read More

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Proposed California law would end tax break for second homes

Rosalie Murphy, The Desert Sun

Matt Schwartz featured in Desert Sun article describing AB-71 (Chiu). The bill proposes the elimination of the state mortgage interest tax deduction for second Read More

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Making California Housing Affordable Again

Jeff Collins, Los Angeles Daily News

How can California increase the number of homes that people can afford? By giving more money to cities that build sufficient affordable housing … 

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San Diego rent increases fastest at the bottom

Phillip Molnar, The San Diego Union-Tribune

A new study shows that median rents at the bottom rung of the San Diego County apartment market rose 16% higher than the market Read More

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$1 Billion Plan to Provide Integrated Solar Energy to Low-Income Renters is First in Nation

Matt Schwartz

San Francisco, CA ‒ On August 3rd, California’s leading low-income

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California Supports Solar Roofs for Multifamily Affordable Housing

Kat Friedrich, Clean Energy Finance Forum

lean Energy Finance Forum highlights the May report on solar storage released by Clean Energy Group and CHPC. 

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L.A. has 46,874 people who are homeless. If we’re not smart, we’ll have 250,000 more

Adam Murray, Los Angeles Times

“If every seat in the Rose Bowl, Coliseum, Dodger Stadium and Staples Center were an apartment, that would be only half the housing we Read More

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How to fix the housing crisis: Embrace high-density development or face rising prices and rent, experts say

Jeff Collins, OC Register

Each year, Southern California adds the equivalent of a new Pasadena, a new Fullerton, or a new city of Orange to its population…

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County to Place $950 Million Housing Bond on Fall Ballot

Daphne Morales, San Jose Inside

Santa Clara County voters will decide the fate of a $950 million affordable housing bond this November… 

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1 in 200 San Franciscans Sleep on the Streets

Julia Lurie, Mother Jones

On any given night, 1 in 200 San Franciscans sleep on the street. Among the nation's large urban areas, the city has the highest Read More

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Surviving Homelessness

Rebecca Ruiz & Kate Sommers-Dawes, Mashable

The home is sacred — a practical and spiritual shelter that sustains life. Yet, every year more than 3 million Americans, many of them children… 

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5 Things to Know about Governor Brown’s Proposed Housing Plan

Martha C. Daniel and Carla Javier, 89.3 KPCC

CHPC’s Matt Schwartz weighs in on Governor Brown’s plan to tie funding for affordable homes to a streamlined approval process for developers. 

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Report: San Diego County Rents Have Skyrocketed 32% Since 2000

Marissa Cabrera, KPBS

Higher rents and cuts in affordable housing funding are exacerbating the housing crisis.

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Study: Rents Rising, Incomes Declining

Steve Milne, Capitol Public Radio

A new study released today finds that Sacramento County workers need to earn more than twice today’s minimum wage of $10 in order to Read More

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Affordable Housing Rare, but Some Available

Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune

Renting a newly built apartment in San Diego County for $424 a month is possible, but you literally need to win a lottery. At Read More

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California’s Affordable Housing Crisis: Warnings and Solutions

Ana Beatriz Cholo, Capital & Main

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. Read More

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Why Sonoma County Workers Can’t Afford the Rent

Martin Bennett, Sonoma County Gazette

A widening gap between declining incomes and rising rents is fueling two powerful movements in the Golden State: one to raise the wage floor Read More

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Menlo Park’s housing puzzle: City seeks ways to add affordable housing, but it’s complicated

Kevin Kelly, San Jose Mercury News

Fighting an uphill battle like most California cities to provide affordable housing, Menlo Park sees some light ahead …

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Gov. Brown vetoes affordable housing funding bills

Rosalie Murphy, The Desert Sun

Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed two bills that would have provided more than $1 billion for affordable housing projects, citing a need for … 

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Lack of affordable housing in Inland Empire placing bigger economic burden on low-income families

Nadine Ono, California Economic Summit

The lack of affordable housing in the Inland Empire is placing more families at risk of falling into poverty. … 

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County falls short in affordable housing

J.W. Burch IV, The Bakersfield Californian

Kern and Stanislaus counties each have multiple hurdles to overcome if the needs of low-income renters are to be met … 

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Why Rental Affordability Should Be on Everyone’s Radar

James Vanar, Affordable Housing Finance

This summer, the California Supreme Court sided with the city of San Jose in a case that is now headed to the U.S. Supreme Court… 

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Affordable housing: Little funding to meet great need

Rosalie Murphy, The Desert Sun

Behind more than 16,000 doors in the Coachella Valley, people live in subsidized housing. Inside those homes are senior citizens … 

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Study: Sky High Los Angeles County Rents Push 13,000 Into Homelessness

Miriam Hernandez, ABC 7 Los Angeles

The demand for affordable housing can be counted by the tents lining Los Angeles streets and the number of people who live inside them. Read More

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Easing L.A.’s housing crunch

Paul Habibi, The Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles is stuck in a housing crisis with little hope for an easy escape. The standard definition of “affordable” is  … 

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Midyear 2015 O.C. housing report: $11 billion in sales, priciest condo, smallest house, most lavish digs, hidden costs

Marilyn Kalfus, Orange County Register

More than six months past New Year’s Eve, the champagne corks are still popping. … 

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The Numbers Crunch: Life, liberty and the pursuit of some decent housing

Foon Rhee, Sacramento Bee

If any doubt remained, a new study shows that the lack of affordable housing is a full-blown crisis, particularly for the poorest among us. Read More

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California’s cap-and-trade program funds affordable housing

Josie Huang, 89.3 KPCC

The state’s cap-and-trade program this year will provide $122 million in funding for affordable housing, including more than 800 new units in …

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Santa Clara County housing agency to tie more Sect. 8 vouchers to affordable units

Mark Emmons, San Jose Mercury News

As Silicon Valley’s lack of affordable housing has escalated from bad to full-blown crisis over the last few years, people at the bottom …

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Affordable homes mean jobs for the Kern County economy

Tom Collishaw, The Bakersfield Californian

Despite upbeat news of an economy on an upswing, thousands of families in Kern County and other parts of the Valley remain stuck … 

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Moving too often can be bad for your health

Megan Sandel, Sacramento Bee

It is well known that substandard housing conditions and homelessness lead to bad health. …

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California’s cap-and-trade program is key to Gov. Jerry Brown’s agenda

Chris Megerian, The Los Angeles Times

For Gov. Jerry Brown, fighting climate change is more than a central tenet of his political agenda. It’s also a key source of funding. Read More

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12 percent jump in homelessness in LA County

Al Jazeera America

The number of homeless people in Los Angeles County jumped 12 percent in the past two years, to more than 44,000 … 

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Activists Shape Oakland Coliseum Area Plan

Jean Tepperman, East Bay Express

A large coalition of activist groups pushed successfully for affordable housing goals, local hiring, and environmental mitigations. … 

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California’s Housing Costs Endanger Growth, Analyst Says

John Gittelsohn, Bloomberg Business

California’s high housing costs threaten the state’s economy as workers increasingly struggle to afford a roof over their heads, … 

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California’s Innovative Plan To Crack The Code For Affordable Housing

Alan Pyke, Think Progress

There are millions more low-income Californians than there are places they can afford to live, and the problem could only get worse …

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San Mateo County: Affordable housing crisis inspires talks about rent control

Aaron Kinney, Chico Enterprise Record

REDWOOD CITY — The affordable housing market has become so dire in San Mateo County that the Board of Supervisors is ready to … 

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L.A. High-Rise Boom Won’t Cure a Housing Crisis

Josh Stevens, Next City

Until the mid-2000s, the South Park neighborhood of downtown Los Angeles had exactly one high-rise tower: the looming, vaguely Stalinist Transamerica Building. … 

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CA Adopts Guidelines for Cap-and-Trade Affordable Housing Program

Melanie Curry, StreetsBlog LA

Yesterday the Strategic Growth Council adopted guidelines for the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) program and scheduled workshops for early February to …

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LA residents need to make $33 an hour to afford the average apartment

Ben Bergman, 89.3 KPCC

You need to earn at least $33 an hour — $68,640 a year — to be able to afford the average apartment in Los Angeles Read More

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Housing shortage pushing home costs out of reach

Jeff Collins, The Orange County Register

Stiff competition for an insufficient supply of houses prevented Max and Taryn McCann from buying a home in downtown Fullerton last year. … 

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Renters, housing activists search for solutions to skyrocketing Sonoma County rents

Robert Digitale, The Press Democrat

“No rent for rats,” participants chanted at last month’s meeting of the North Bay Organizing Project. …

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Half Of L.A. Adults Have Roommates To Save Rent

Jean Trinh, LAist

In Los Angeles it’s not out of the norm to hear someone complain about how they would rather live without a roommate if … 

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S.F. group cooks up affordable housing plan

Cory Weinberg, San Francisco Business Times

Mayor Ed Lee‘s housing working group is close to a deal on several policy changes that backers hope will boost the number of … 

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Longtime tenants lose low-income rentals as housing deals end

Kathleen Wilson, Ventura County Star

Heather Higley’s face darkened with sadness as she moved out of her low-rent apartment in an upscale complex in Simi Valley on a recent Read More

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Exclusive: S.F. Mayor’s housing task force pushes new affordable housing policies

Cory Weinberg, San Francisco Business Times

Mayor Ed Lee‘s housing working group is close to a deal on several policy changes that backers hope will boost the number of … 

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California Affordable Homes in Short Supply After Cuts

John Gittelsohn and Nadja Brandt, Bloomberg Business

The 160 units at Santa Monica, California’s Belmar Apartments received 4,600 applications ahead of the project’s July opening…

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A California Dream: Not Having to Settle for Just One Bedroom

Jennifer Medina, The New York Times

This was the state that embodied the middle-class American dream: Move west, acquire a small slice of property, perhaps with a palm tree … 

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Can working-class families afford to live in San Mateo County?

Aaron Kinney, San Mateo County Times

SAN MATEO — Araselis Marte and her two daughters have lived in their small two-bedroom apartment on Grant Street for nine years. But now Read More

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What Does It Really Cost to Live in San Francisco?

Kriston Capps, CityLab

Is living in San Francisco unreasonable? That depends on who and how you ask. …

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Surprise, surprise: SF falling far short on affordable housing for low-income residents

Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has called for the creation or rehabbing of 30,000 housing units in the next six years …

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New report highlights SF shortfall in below-market-rate housing

Jonah Owen Lamb, San Francisco Examiner

San Francisco may be a leader in California when it comes to building below-market-rate housing, but it is not measuring up …

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Why homes even in the unfashionable parts of LA cost so much

The Economist

JOSÉ MARROQUÍN lives with his mother, wife and four children in a tiny apartment in a rough part of town. It costs …

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For low-income families, challenges keep growing

Sarah Tully, Orange County Register

Orange County workers’ household incomes slipped over a dozen years, when adjusted for inflation, while rents shot up … 

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San Francisco has affordable housing shortfall of 40,000 units, report says

Eric Young, San Francisco Business Times

Amid rising rents and declines in funding, San Francisco has an affordable housing shortfall of more than 40,800 units … 

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Clean-energy investments good for business, consumers: Guest commentary

Robert Gould and Stuart Cohen, Los Angeles Daily News

The transportation sector is responsible for the largest greenhouse gas emissions in our state, nearly 40 percent. But unlike other sectors … 

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Housing’s 30-Percent-of-Income Rule Is Nearly Useless

Karen Weise, Bloomberg Business

When you’re looking for a place to live, one number rules your world: You should spend no more than 30 percent of your income Read More

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The Squeeze on Renters Is Getting Worse

Karen Weise, Bloomberg Business

Summer’s traditionally when moving vans clog the streets as people try to get settled in new homes and apartments before the school year starts… 

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Is the Cost of Sacramento’s Downtown Makeover Too High?

Rachel Dovey, Next City

Many U.S. cities have glaring economic divides that present geographically, but in Sacramento, this inequality is characterized by two downtowns. … 

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Affordable Housing Near Transit Will Help California Combat Climate Change

Center for Neighborhood Technology, Blog

California will devote billions of dollars in new cap-and-trade revenue to fund projects intended to further curb climate impacts. … 

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Cap and Trade Revenue for Affordable Housing Under Discussion

Max Pringle, Capital Public Radio interview with Matt Schwartz

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California’s Housing Remains Unaffordable for Poorest Residents

KPCC 89.3 interview with CHPC CEO Matt Schwartz

For years California’s housing market has been one of the most expensive in the country, and the economic downturn made houses even less affordable Read More

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Report: Affordable Housing Gap Getting Worse in Sacramento County

Ben van der Meer, Sacramento Business Journal

A new report by two nonprofit groups indicates Sacramento County’s affordable housing supply has a considerable gap, and tools to close it are harder Read More

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With Rents Up and Incomes Down, LA is Extremely Short on Affordable Housing

Bianca Barragan, Curbed Los Angeles

Los Angeles County has the largest shortfall of homes affordable to low-income families in California,” begins a new report by the California Housing Partnership Read More

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L.A. County Has the Biggest Shortfall of Affordable Housing

Michelle Mowad, Diamond Bar-Walnut Patch

Los Angeles County’s stock of affordable housing for low- and extremely low-income families is short by nearly 500,000 homes, the highest shortfall of any Read More

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Report: L.A. County Lacks Affordable Housing

Post-Periodical, Western San Fernando Valley News

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County’s Affordable Housing Stock Falls Short of Goal

West Side Today

Los Angeles County’s stock of affordable housing for low- and extremely low-income families is short by nearly 500,000 homes, the highest shortfall of any Read More

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Los Angeles Needs Half a Million More Affordable Housing Units

Karen Weise, Business Week

California’s housing market has long been among the most expensive in the country, and the economic downturn has only made the situation worse. That’s Read More

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LA Rents: County Faces Shortfall of 490,340 Affordable Homes, Most in State

Ben Bergman, 89.3 KPCC

Los Angeles County is facing the largest shortfall of affordable housing in California – 490,340 homes – according to a new report from the Read More

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Silicon Valley Waiters to Teachers Left Behind in Housing

Dan Levy, Bloomberg News

California’s Santa Clara County, the heart of Silicon Valley and home to two of the three most valuable companies in the world, has a Read More

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Shortage of Affordable Housing is Dire in L.A. County, Advocates Say

Andrew Khouri, Los Angeles Times

Advocates for low-income Californians called Wednesday for more homes with below-market rents, releasing a report that says Los Angeles County faces the greatest shortage Read More

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County Remains Among Worst in State for Affordable Housing

Kenia Torres, Voice of OC

The California Housing Partnership Corporation has released a new report that ranks Orange County among the most difficult markets for low-income renters due to Read More

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Renters’ Rebate Bill Passes Key Assembly Committee

Tenants Together, BeyondChron

A bill to provide for a renters’ rebate for low-income California tenants passed a key committee earlier today. Co-sponsored by Tenants Together, the bill Read More

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CA Transportation Choices Summit Tackles Policy Issues

Melanie Curry, StreetsBlog LA

The California Transportation Choices Summit, held in Sacramento this week, was an opportunity for sustainable transportation and public health advocates to spend the day Read More

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Bill Seeks to Ease California’s Affordibility Housing Crisis

Andrew Khouri, Los Angeles Times

Most Californians can’t afford their rent. The state’s affordability crisis has worsened since the recession, as soaring home prices and rents outpace job and Read More

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Financing Energy Efficiency Retrofits of Multifamily Buildings

San Francisco Federal Reserve, Community Development Investment Review

Apartment buildings are home to more than 17 million households nationwide, yet they remain a significant and mostly untapped opportunity for energy efficiency gains. Read More

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Shortage of Low-Income Housing Pushes Tenants into Dangerous Situations

Emily Alpert-Reyes and Tim Logan, Los Angeles Times

Dozens of people shared only three showers in the building that Patricia McDowell called home for the last 2 1/2 years. Roaches skittered across Read More

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Housing Authority Looking into Dialing Back Cuts to Section 8

Mark Emmons, San Jose Mercury News

SAN JOSE — Sharon McKain learned in February that she had three months to move out. Her landlord was no longer renting to Section Read More

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Low-Income Californians Struggle to Find Affordable Housing

Amanda Garcia, GoBankingRates.com

A new study from the California Housing Partnership Corp. attributes rising cost of rent and decreasing government aid for a lack of affordable housing Read More

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New Study Details Depth of California’s Affordable Home Crisis

FEBRUARY 11, 2014 | SACRAMENTO, CA – Today the California Housing Partnership Corporation released a report that shows California’s private housing market is not Read More

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California’s Affordable Rental Housing Crisis

Conor Dougherty, Wall Street Journal - Real Time Economics Blog

Renters across the nation, and in particular in California, are locked in a pernicious squeeze of rising rents and stagnant incomes that has diverted Read More

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Report: Rising Rents Hurting California’s Affordability

Andrew Khouri, Los Angeles Times

A combination of rising rents and falling government aid for affordable housing has dealt a blow to California’s lower-income residents, according to a new Read More

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Governor’s Budget Important First Step in Funding Sustainable Communities

Sacramento – Leaders of the Sustainable Communities for All Coalition offered praise for the Governor’s efforts to invest $850 million of cap-and-trade auction proceeds Read More

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Seniors Get Housing Relief Just in Time

Courtney Vaughn, Hi-Desert Star

JOSHUA TREE — Until Friday, Jim McCubbin didn’t know how he would fare living in the back of his pickup truck with a camper Read More

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The Adviser: Helen Dunlap

Affordable Housing Finance

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Lighting a Spark Between Energy Advocates and Community Development

Casie Moen, Shelterforce

Is there a good reason for affordable housing practitioners to start paying attention to utility company-sponsored green retrofit programs? Ask an industry insider and Read More

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