Four months ago, after wild fires destroyed hundreds of homes in Sonoma County, many low-income seniors were left without homes and placed in temporary housing. Many have yet to find permanent lodging, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
America’s housing crisis continues with no end in sight. As rents increase threefold over wages, more than 11 million families spend more than half of their pay for housing. According to Huffington Post, nine foundations formed a partnership to fund policy, advocacy and organizing to increase access to affordable housing for low-income families and those facing homelessness.
Low-income, subsidized renters may have to pay higher rent, beginning sometime this year, if proposed changes to federal income and housing legislation is signed into law.
Behavioral health, affordable housing and homeless services agencies have a common goal to improve the wellbeing of their clients, but they often work in silos, with different languages, acronyms, cultures, operating practices and resources.
Five percent of California families live in “deep poverty,” a segment of the population, say researchers, made worse by the state’s exorbitant housing costs.