While much has been reported on the ever-increasing rents in urban areas around the United States, rural residents face the same pressures to pay for housing yet have fewer resources to draw on to overcome these challenges.
Although California lawmakers in 2017 passed several bills to ease housing construction across the state, affordable rental units remain out of reach for many low-income residents. In a new report by the California Housing Partnership, about two-thirds of the more than two million very low-income renters in the state spend more than half their income on rent.
The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development is encouraging developers to build affordable housing in the 8,700 federally designated Opportunity Zones.
After a contentious battle over the 2019 budget, federal lawmakers agreed to increase funding for tenant-based rental assistance, including Section 8 rental vouchers.
While many Californians think that their state could solve the affordable housing crisis by just ramping up construction, others blame a lack of rent control, not enough funding for affordable homes and too strict environmental controls.