The San Joaquin Valley is often labelled as having “more affordable” housing compared to the rest of California. But for Valley residents, rents are not so affordable.
Land identified by the county is next to freight lines and other environmental hazards. Some land is on tiny, irregular parcels, which often are far from utilities and services.
People directly impacted by the housing crisis and a legacy of housing injustice are the experts who can lead us toward a model of housing where everyone has a safe, accessible and permanently affordable place to call home.
Some alarming signs are emerging of the way some counties are failing to help fix the state’s affordable housing crisis.
A little known policy could provide affordable housing for residents currently facing an affordability crisis in the City of Merced and beyond.
As families barely scrape by, landlords can afford to hire legal representation in what is an unfair process in a courtroom which only exacerbates a tenant’s financial liability when the attorney collects additional fees and surcharges from tenants.