There are two ways the housing crisis is affecting people in California: 1) housing costs in big cities have been skyrocketing out of control. This has had the effect of displacing large numbers of longtime residents and adversely affecting local communities; 2) the high cost of housing not only forces people out of communities, but impacts a person’s ability to make a living wage.
Many Californians have been forced to decide between exorbitant housing costs or enduring an unbearably long commute to big cities. Many longtime residents are squeezed out of their communities, forced to relocate, and never return. Michael is committed to implementing policies to protect residents from being forced out of their homes and to ensure that communities retain their rich history.
It is unsustainable for households to pay a large portion of their monthly income toward housing costs. When so much of your household budget goes to putting a roof over your head, any unexpected problem, like a serious illness or an unexpected round of layoffs, can lead to an eviction or homelessness.
Putting policies in place to increase affordable housing options give families the opportunity to live close to their jobs, keep kids from having to transfer schools, and will allow folks to continue contributing in the communities that they call home.