House Crisis in California


The state of California has had its shares of problems in the past few months. The New York Times recently reported that the state is looking into a looming house crisis as affordable homes are no longer available in the state. This has brought a major problem to the middle-class families as they have to part with over a half million dollars to own a median home. Compared to other states, this cost is twice elsewhere, and this means that the issue of homelessness is likely to grow in the coming years in the state. The New York Times reported that despite the booming construction in areas like Los Angeles, the sign of prosperity is for the few and the rich. People who cannot afford these spaces have decided to look for alternatives such as makeshift kitchens and vans. In most cases, they tend to live in areas that are far away from the quiet neighborhoods. Problems are even worse in areas like Silicon Valley where people live in recreational vehicles. This is alarming considering that Silicon Valley is considered the hub of world technology and where the richest people dwell.

Talking to the Times, a nurse known as Heather Lile said that she commutes 80 miles daily to get to her place of work. To make things interesting, she says that she cannot afford housing despite making $180,000 annually. Experts say that these rising costs of housing are threatening the quality of life in the country as well as the economy of the state in the future. These, on the other hand, has resulted to state politics about how rent can be controlled. Places like San Francisco are already cracking down on communities that are deliberately interfering with the construction projects for their personal gains. This is a bill that had been presented to the state senate and passed overwhelmingly.

A Democratic Senator from San Francisco told the Times that the housing rent had exploded like wildfire saying that the problem is now a state problem and they must act. He says that when rent is unaffordable, it’s likely to impact on the environment as people will have to travel long distances to get to work. Concerned parties say that despite unemployment being down, revenues are high making the situation unbearable. In the past few years alone, the cost of owning an apartment in the major cities of San Jose, San Diego and Los Angeles has gone up by 75 percent.