Rural America has experienced significant disruptions in its labor force and population due in part to automation in its most vulnerable industries; but the solution to thriving America’s rural towns could be found in history.
More than 40 years after Gov. Jerry Brown created the California Housing Finance Agency (CalHFA), many of the state’s families still find it difficult, if not impossible, to afford a home. The agency was and is geared toward low- and moderate-income families. According to its records, however, only 124 households earning more than $100,000 obtained a loan through CalHFA in fiscal year 2016.
Rural youth homelessness, according to government records, is on the rise in California. The California Department of Education (DOE) reports that the while the number of homeless young people increased 20 percent statewide from 2014 to 2016, the rate of young homeless people in many rural areas jumped more significantly.