California's Housing Crisis Affects Us All

In this L.A. Times opinion article, Jan Breidenbach, executive director of the Southern California Assn. of Nonprofit Housing, and Peter Dreier, Professor of Politics and Public Policy atOccidental College, highlight the plight of low-income families.

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October 2, 2000, 10:00 AM PDT

By California 2000


Many low-income families pay over half of their income on rent and still live in substandard housing; the Citizens Task Force on Slum Housing reports that one in nine apartments in Los Angeles is below par. Breidenbach and Dreier add that the housing crisis adversely affects businesses, for there is less disposable income to spend on goods and services. While the booming economy has created many low-wage jobs, there has not been enough affordable housing created to place the workers. Raising the minimum wage and increasing the amount of affordable housing are the obvious solutions, the authors assert, and businesses, community groups, and nonprofits need to push state and federal agencies to address these housing issues through programs such as income tax credits, housing vouchers and subsidies, and raising minimum wage in the state.

Thanks to California 2000 Project

Monday, September 25, 2000 in The Los Angeles Times

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