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Rising rents, pandemic leave Modesto grandma and her 9-year-old grandson homeless

Weightman is not alone in her struggle to find affordable rental housing in Stanislaus County. In May, the Central Valley’s rental market was ranked among the most competitive in the nation.

…According to a June report from the California Housing Partnership, over 15,000 low-income households in Stanislaus County can’t find an affordable rental home.

Additionally, 76% of extremely low-income households are spending more than half their income on housing costs, compared to 1% of moderate-income households. To afford the average monthly asking prices, renters in Stanislaus County need to earn $24.13 an hour — or 1.7 times the state minimum wage, which is $14 at larger employers and $13 for small businesses…