Democratic presidential candidates have come out with plans to ensure all Americans have access to clean water, among them is California Sen. Kamala Harris who recently focused on water crises around the country.
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.
Although California’s Legislature is required to spend cap-and-trade money on carbon emission reduction projects, some experts say that helping rural water districts—namely in the state’s Central Valley—would go a long way toward easing climate change effects.
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.