An unaffordable rental market has hardest hit those families of color who earn the lowest income. According to the California Housing Partnership, of the 5.89 million renter households living in California, 1.97 million come from the two lowest income groups—extremely low-income (ELI) and very low-income (VLI). Meanwhile, only 668,000 rental homes are affordable and available to households at these income Read More
California’s lack of affordable housing is severe and well-documented. One recent estimate says the state needs 1.4 million more affordable rental homes to ease the burden on low-income families. But the state’s convoluted process for financing that housing — and the effect it can have in gumming up development — is less apparent.
The average cost to rent an apartment in Fresno went up since March, putting even more financial pressure on cash-strapped residents during a pandemic. It’s a double whammy for tens of thousands of overwhelmed renters who lost work in the last six months and are balancing housing costs with cuts to household income.
California’s housing crisis walloped 75-year-old Perry Angle and his wife in 2014, when the monthly rent for their one-bedroom apartment in a Santa Rosa senior citizen complex began to shoot up from $925 a month to $1,435 two years later. Angle, a retired account manager for Blue Cross, heavily depended on Social Security – his savings had been largely wiped out Read More
Petaluma is my hometown. The Phoenix Theater was like Mecca for me and my angsty teenage peers, and I learned to drive a stick shift on our bumpy country roads on the outskirts of town. But as an adult here, trying to maintain a foothold in the town that I know and love is no easy feat. Each month I am Read More