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Lack of Affordable Housing Driving More Stanislaus Families into Poverty

Key findings

  • A renter household needs to earn nearly twice the state minimum wage in order to afford average asking rents in Stanislaus County.
  • Inflation-adjusted median rents in Stanislaus County increased 15% from 2000 to 2014, while inflation adjusted median renter household income declined 12%.
  • Stanislaus County needs 21,402 additional affordable rental homes to meet the needs of its extremely low income (ELI) and very low-income (VLI) renters.
  • The vast majority of Stanislaus County’s very low income renters spend more than 50% of income on rent, leaving little left for food, transportation, health expenses, and other needs.
  • When housing and other costs of living are considered, Stanislaus County’s poverty rate rises from 21.9% to 23.5%, or nearly one in four people.
  • Overcrowding for low-income renters in Stanislaus County is 78% above the national average, contributing significantly to poor health and academic achievement among low-income children.
  • Reductions in federal and state funds and elimination of redevelopment have reduced Stanislaus County’s affordable housing funding by over $18.7 million since 2008, a 74% reduction.