Affordable housing

California's Lowest-Income Seniors Desperate for Affordable Housing

The day before a Bay Area affordable housing complex opened up its waiting list, seniors formed a line at the entrance of the building, which quickly spilled into the street.

The older adults stayed all day—despite sun so intense that staff supplied water—and camped overnight, recalled Priscilla Haynes, the executive director of the Santa Clara Methodist Retirement Foundation.

Housing Package Makes Strides Toward Building Affordable Housing But Fails to Protect Tenants from Displacement

Today, the “housing package” passed by the state Legislature was signed by Governor Brown. Two bills - SB 2 and SB 3 - will raise desperately needed funds for affordable housing. AB 1505, known as the “Palmer Fix” and previously vetoed by Governor Brown, will at long last restore the authority of local government to require a percentage of affordable housing units in new rental housing developments. Together, these bills will help get back some of the affordable housing funding that California has lost thanks to drastic cuts under the Brown Administration.

Eye on the State: Leaders Must Find Political Will to Fund Housing, Fight Displacement

State leaders have finally woken up to the affordable housing crisis raging throughout California. A slew of housing bills were introduced this year with different approaches to the problem. The governor and real estate companies sought deregulation of high-priced housing construction, while affordable housing and community advocates pushed for what families being priced out of neighborhoods need most urgently: funds to build more homes that low-income people can afford and removal of state constraints on local affordable housing and anti-displacement policies.

San Diego Vastly Undercounts Homeless, Study Says

The number of people living on the streets in San Diego County may be 50 percent higher than thought, according to a new study.

That means the annual count of homeless people overall could be much greater than numbers the federal government uses to fund housing programs.

The study, led by University of New Hampshire statistician Chris Glynn and sponsored by the real estate database company Zillow, factored in the relationship of housing costs to homelessness, a departure from the traditional head-count method in determining the number of homeless people.

More Than Half of L.A.'s One Million Poor Households Live in Unaffordable or Substandard Rentals, Study Says

Los Angeles and New York City top the list of U.S. cities with the most poor people laboring under heavy rent burdens, living in substandard housing, or both, according to a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Affairs study released Wednesday.

More than half of Los Angeles’ 1 million very poor households, or 567,000, spent more than half their income on rent or resorted to undesirable housing in 2015, the study said.

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