We ‘have to do more’: Californians poised to say yes on dozens of housing, homeless measures

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When it came to homelessness and housing affordability this election, California voters sent a clear message to local governments Tuesday in more than 50 ballot measures: do more… …California renters need to earn nearly three times the state minimum wage to afford average rent prices, according to the nonprofit California Housing Partnership. The state ramped up housing production in recent Read More

Plans underway for construction of new 4507 Main Street housing community in South Los Angeles

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Plans for the construction of 4507 Main Street housing community in South Los Angeles have been announced. The announcement was made by EAH Housing in partnership with St. Joseph Center. EAH Housing is one of the largest and most respected nonprofit housing development organizations in the western United States. St. Joseph Center on the other hand is one of Los Angeles’ Read More

Newsom campaigned on building 3.5 million homes. He hasn’t gotten even close

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Gov. Gavin Newsom campaigned on housing production, an issue important to many Californians. But despite some accomplishments, the housing crisis is worse now than when he took office… …With the Legislature, Newsom has dedicated unprecedented dollars to affordable housing, including $10.3 billion in 2021. Funding the current affordable housing need alone, however, would require nearly $18 billion a year over a decade, Read More

Op-Ed: Seize the downturn: Why California should leverage a recession to build affordable housing

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For months, U.S. economists have been warning that a recession is looming, and some are saying we may already be in one. But this potential downturn could be put to a positive use — if California gets ready to leverage an economic slump to build the affordable housing the state desperately needs… …To keep pace with demand, the state will Read More

Sacramento Households Hit Hard by Evictions

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With pandemic-era renter protections ending and rents rising by close to 20 percent, renters in Sacramento are finding it harder to afford housing in the region… …“According to an estimate from the California Housing Partnership, a person needs to earn at least $31.25 an hour — or more than twice the minimum wage — to afford the median rent of Read More

San Rafael approves COVID urgency eviction moratorium

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The San Rafael City Council unanimously approved an urgency ordinance this week prohibiting pandemic-related residential evictions through Sept. 30. Alexis Captanian, the city’s housing analyst, told the council that residents continue to experience financial hardship from the COVID-19 crisis that threatens their housing stability… …Aaron Burnett, Canal Alliance director of advocacy and policy, said renters in Marin County need to Read More

Sacramento County is exploring plans for new homeless shelters. But will they ever get built?

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Sacramento County has identified 16 locations for potential new homeless shelters, but whether they ever get built is an open question. Advocates for unhoused residents say they probably won’t due to strong community opposition and slow action by the county Board of Supervisors. Earlier this spring, county staff unveiled plans for building “safe stay communities” including tiny homes, sanctioned homeless Read More

County commits over $500 million to combat homelessness

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Last week the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a $532.6 million spending plan to combat homelessness countywide. Approximately 87% of the money, $466.75 million, will be Measure H funds from the quarter-cent sales tax passed by voters in 2017. The remaining $65.86 million will be funded by the state. About 43% of the allocation, or $227.3 million, will Read More

Sacramento renters have to earn twice the state’s minimum wage to afford average apartment, report finds

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Renters in Sacramento County have to earn more than twice the state’s minimum wage to afford the average two-bedroom apartment, according to a new report.   Last year, renters would have to make at least $31.25 per hour, up from nearly $27 per hour in 2020, according to the Sacramento County Housing Need Report 2022 published on Tuesday by the nonprofit California Housing Read More