Here’s how much a new report says it would take to end California’s homeless crisis

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A new report estimates California could end homelessness by 2035 if it spent at least $8.1 billion every year on the problem, a daunting goal that points out the enormity of the challenge despite ramped-up efforts in recent years. The money should be used for building affordable apartments and housing with supportive counseling services, subsidizing rents and providing emergency shelter, Read More

S.F. homeless housing group aims to build homes for half the usual cost. Can it work?

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As San Francisco struggles to figure out how to build enough affordable housing to help get homeless people off the streets, experts and officials have looked at different ways to build faster and cheaper. New data released Friday shows that at least one recent project, a South of Market supportive homeless complex, was completed 41% faster and 41% cheaper than Read More

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… …Los Angeles County needs 568,000 more affordable housing units to meet the demand of its renters with the lowest incomes. This is according to the California Housing Partnership.

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

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