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

Tent on lawn

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

Kathryn Barger 5th District

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

Rent Money Envelope

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

San Francisco homelessness rate dips as Contra Costa County skyrockets

Man in front of homeless camp

San Francisco’s Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing released preliminary findings of the Point-In-Time Count of unsheltered and sheltered homeless people. The count took place with the help of volunteers on the night of Feb. 23. Data shows the total number of unsheltered and sheltered homeless residents declined by 3.5 percent compared to 2019… …CCHS wrote: “Renters in Contra Costa Read More

Housing in Santa Cruz County’s limelight

Beamed out Santa Cruz housing project

Standing before a small gathering on a bulldozed dirt lot off East Cliff Drive, MidPen Housing President and CEO Matt Franklin observed that, like many simple good ideas, housing developments can be “remarkably hard.” Franklin told his audience Wednesday it was seated on what will become the future parking area for the 57-unit 1500 Capitola Road family housing project within the coming Read More

MiraCosta introduces certification course for affordable housing management


As new affordable housing projects are planned throughout the county, MiraCosta College has introduced a new certification program to help fill the gap in managers to run the properties. The Affordable Housing Management certificate was announced Wednesday at the North County Economic Summit at CSU San Marcos as a way to prepare students to enter the workforce at the management Read More

Candidates for upcoming district 5 election speak at land-use forum

Westwood LA

Candidates running for the Los Angeles City Council District 5 representative seat discussed a variety of topics including homelessness, mental health services, housing and boulevard development on April 29. Four candidates – Jimmy Biblarz, Katy Young Yaroslavsky, Scott Epstein and Sam Yebri – spoke at the 8 a.m. forum hosted by the Westside Urban Forum, an organization dedicated to encouraging Read More