An affordable housing development for local farmworkers and their families in Woodland recently received the World Habitat Award, one of only two awards United Nations-Habitat gives annually.
Construction jobs and the healthcare, leisure and hospitality industries continue to attract people to the Inland Empire in southern California, and the region is outpacing the state’s coastal communities and their economies, according to the Inland Empire Business Activity Index. The Inland Empire is a metropolitan area and region, however it also includes the Coachella Valley, as well as San Bernardino and Riverside counties.
Joining the ranks of Seattle and San Francisco, Josephine County in rural Oregon, asked the state’s Gov. Kate Brown to declare a two-year housing emergency. During the past 10 years, fewer than 100 apartment units were constructed in the area, versus more than 1,000 homes that were sold to investors and retirees.
In an op-ed for USA Today, Suzanne Anarde, program vice president for Rural LISC says manufactured homes offer low-income families an affordable housing alternative, and describes her childhood growing up in a manufactured home in New Mexico.
A mobile or manufactured home is often the only affordable option for low-income families but many lack proper title and registration. Following the wildfires in Napa and Sonoma, California state officials are advising all such homeowners to secure the proper title to their properties and, for a limited time, many back fees and taxes will be waived.