At least three presidential hopefuls—former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, along with Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)–have presented detailed proposals that would encourage or pressure communities to create more affordable housing.
California’s chronic housing shortage is not only an urban problem. As more residents flee the cities in search of affordable housing, rising housing prices and stagnant wages follow them.
California lawmakers say that Kern County, in the rural Central Valley, is failing to build enough housing. The lawmakers base their conclusion on a California Department of Housing and Community Development report, which cites that all of Kern’s 11 cities and the county itself, are failing to meet state housing construction requirements.
The majority of young Americans say they cannot afford to buy a house, citing student loan debt and rising childcare costs, according to the federal housing lender Freddie Mac’s report.
Low-income workers throughout the country–in 99 percent of counties–cannot afford housing, say researchers in an annual report by the National Low Income housing Coalition (NLIHC).