Agriculture companies in California and elsewhere are not obligated to house employees, nor is much state or federal money set aside for farmworker housing. In Salinas Valley, which is the fifth least affordable place to live in the United States, one company may be bucking the trend.
Okieville is such a small area that most folks cannot find the community on a map. Officially named Highland Acres, residents began settling in Okieville during the 1930s … Fast forward to today. Thousands of wells have been drying up throughout the San Joaquin Valley since the drought began five years ago and Okieville, located in Tulare County, is the hardest hit region.
It has been nearly a decade since environmentalists and the federal government agreed to revive a 150 mile stretch of the San Joaquin River. Originally, the task of getting the river flowing year-round so salmon could swim to the Sierra Nevada foothills to spawn was to be complete in 2012. Officials now predict the project will be completed in 2022. However, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation says that the section of the river in question will be flowing year-round by the end of the month—a major milestone for the project.
A recent McKinsey Global Institute report, A tool kit to fix California’s housing gap: 3.5 million homes by 2025, specifically addresses the chronic housing shortage in California. The report’s objective is to present a practical blueprint to ensure access to affordable housing.
A $5.5 million grant was recently awarded to Self-Help Enterprises to fund an affordable housing project and community center in Lindsay, California. Construction on the project is anticipated to begin May 2017, after additional funding is secured.