Salas Housing/Homelessness Q1
Housing costs have soared while salaries have remained stagnant for years. California and several cities have sought to increase wages so people could provide for their basic needs which includes housing. Many families are living in crowded housing and in garages because they can not afford to find apartments or homes they can afford. When people get sick or lose a job and can’t work the first thing to go is their housing because it is the most expensive item in their home budgets.
Many of the immigrant families I work with are living precarious economic existences and we see homelessness of day laborers and low wage workers who are often not able to both pay for a roof over their head and pay for food and clothing. This is a real crisis. It is not just about those who are homeless now but how many more people are in danger of becoming homeless now.