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High Housing Costs Leave Many People Unhoused In California

Due to the high housing costs, most of the people in California are homeless and are unable to afford a home. Ahmed AkachaPexels

July 22, 2023

According to a new study, it is revealed that nearly one-third of people who are unhoused in the United States live in the Golden State. Around 50% of the unsheltered people who may or may not have a car to sleep live in California.

The major reason these people could not escape homelessness is because of the cost of housing. Not being able to afford is the major reason for the California housing crisis.

According to the Biden Administration, more than one million people experience homelessness in the United States in one year. Besides this, many people are at risk of becoming homeless.

Last year, Florida, New York, and Washington reported high rates of homelessness but the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) gave funds and helped the states combat homelessness.

The study conducted on homelessness reveals that many people in California cannot afford homes because of poor credit history, discrimination, health challenges, and evictions. California is not only facing a housing affordability crisis but also has some unaffordable places to live.

The new research reveals that the homeless population of California is older with the median age of participants 47 years old including half of the population 50 years old or above 50.

Upon surveying the homeless population, it was revealed that two-thirds of the homeless population was struggling with mental health issues and 72% of people had experienced some form of physical violence in their life.

Homeless people are on the lookout for jobs. The administration is also introducing some changes to combat the growing housing needs of California homeless people which include increasing access to affordable housing, implementing a racial equity approach, expanding targeted homeless prevention, and increasing household incomes.

The Biden Administration has the target of reducing homelessness by 25% by 2025 and has also launched an initiative named “All Inside” to help homeless people.

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Jimenez Kayla. “Nearly one-third of the nation’s homeless population lives in California, new research shows”. USA Today, June 20, 2023,
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Last Updated: September 20, 2021