On February 22, Capital & Main launched a week-long series on California’s increasingly severe affordable housing crisis. “No Direction Home” explores how escalating housing prices are undermining the state’s already embattled middle class and exerting intense economic pressure on millions of poor and working-class residents.

The scope of the problem is huge. California leads nation in the number of severely rent-burdened households, and has the largest shortage of affordable rental homes. The Golden State has 21 of the nation’s 30 most expensive rental markets — yet at the same time, nearly a quarter of California residents live in poverty. Click here for more on “No Direction Home.”

California Housing Crisis.

Slums Are Alive and Well in Fresno

  The way Esther Delahey sees it, her neighborhood in south Fresno, the Lowell district, has gotten a bad rap. Named in 1884 for the New England poet James Russell ...

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California Housing Crisis.

Santa Ana: Living Behind Cardboard Walls

  Isabelle Lopez, her husband and their dog live in a tiny room, perhaps 130 square feet, in the impoverished Lacy neighborhood in the Orange County city of Santa Ana. ...

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Gentrification in the Bay Area

  Grade-school art teacher Melissa Jones is attending the opening of an exhibit called Roofless: Art Against Displacement at the Arlene Francis Center in Santa Rosa. It is a cold, ...

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