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‘It’s Heartbreaking.’: Sacramento County’s Affordable Housing Shortage Continues To Squeeze Lowest-Income Renters

Erica Jaramillo knows what it’s like to struggle to find affordable housing. 

At the end of July, her lease will expire in the Oak Park duplex she’s called home for six years. Her landlord is selling right in the middle of a red hot real estate market, so the chance of renewing is slim….

…The Sacramento County 2021 Affordable Housing Needs Report by the nonprofit California Housing Partnership found the county has a shortfall of 58,383 affordable homes for its lowest-income renters. That means a shortage for retail workers, janitors, child care workers and home health aides and more — all who make approximately $10 per hour less than what’s needed to afford the average rent.

The California Housing Partnership advocates for affordable housing and produces statewide data tools for housing research…