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California’s housing crisis is a complex one, as befits a state with a population of close to 40 million people, spread out over 163,696 square miles, and with some of the country’s largest cities and fastest growing population hubs, as well as some of its most rugged rural areas.

  • Trouble on the Dream Coast: Housing Policy Challenges

    Trouble on the Dream Coast: Housing Policy Challenges

    • February 23, 2016

    It’s no secret that California residents pay more for housing than residents in most other states, especially in the metropolitan coastal areas and Silicon Valley cities. Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Palo Alto and other highly attractive, jobs- and amenities-rich cities are widely documented as being the least-affordable housing markets in California.

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  • Gentrification in the Bay Area

    Gentrification in the Bay Area

    • February 24, 2016

    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, rainy night in early January. Jones is a single mother; she and her 12-year-old son live in a one-bedroom basement flat in the nearby rural community

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  • The Developer’s Story: Why Affordable Housing Doesn’t Get Built

    The Developer’s Story: Why Affordable Housing Doesn’t Get Built

    • February 25, 2016

    Housing developers – whether they specialize in market-rate properties or affordable housing – face tremendous hurdles in getting projects off the ground in California. “There’s probably a hundred challenges,” says Cynthia Parker, the president  and chief executive officer of BRIDGE Housing, a nonprofit housing developer based in San Francisco. See More Stories in Capital &

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  • Santa Ana: Living Behind Cardboard Walls

    Santa Ana: Living Behind Cardboard Walls

    • February 25, 2016

    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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