During the next decade, California is set to spend $1 billion on low-income housing rooftop solar installation. The Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing (SOMAH) program, according to legislators who passed the law governing the program in 2015, will help the state meet its climate goals and also help reduce energy bills for low-income residents.
Despite all the attractions rural living offers: a slower pace, friendly neighbors, fresh food, affordable housing is scarce. According to a recent realtor.com article, rural communities, which continue to struggle after the Great Recession, face a whole host of challenges to provide housing residents can actually afford to live in.
Although the United States is in the midst of a housing crisis that impacts very low-income families the most, government assistance is primarily directed toward homeowners, leaving renters struggling to find affordable housing.
A recent study conducted by the non-partisan California Budget and Policy Center, examined what it costs to support a family in California. According to the report, Kern County, considered the second most inexpensive place to live in California, is not as affordable as previously thought.
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.