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Black, Latinx, immigrant, and undocumented Californians locked out of affordable housing

Expiring unemployment insurance benefits. Rent and mortgage payments due again soon.

The stress is mounting for out-of-work Californians as the COVID-19 health and economic crisis goes on.

For Black, Latinx, immigrant, and undocumented Californians, the challenges in paying for housing and other basic needs are even greater than for white Californians. And the economic, racial, and gender inequities in having and keeping an affordable home are widening across the state.

Our latest report — Staying Home During California’s Affordability Crisis — highlights what generations of housing discrimination and racist policies have created:

  • Nearly half of Black Californians and more than 4 in 10 Latinx Californians lived in households that spent more than 30% of their incomes toward housing.
  • 41% of California immigrants lived in cost-burdened households and 20% lived in severely cost-burdened households.
  • 51% of Californians who are undocumented live in households with unaffordable housing, and about 1 in 4 (26% live in severely cost-burdened households).
  • About 38% of Pacific Islander Californians lived in cost-burdened households.
  • Almost 1 in 5 American Indian or Alaskan Native individuals in California lived in a household with severe housing cost burden.

What can policymakers do to ensure the health and economic security of Californians and advance racial justice across our communities?

Congress can extend the enhanced unemployment insurance benefits that have been a lifeline for families. And state policymakers can advance housing policies that directly reduce families’ housing costs, that protect tenants from unfair evictions or rent increases, and that increase the supply of housing, especially for people in low-income households.

Securing safe and affordable housing should be a reality for every Californian — pandemic or not.

This article was released by the California Budget & Policy Center.

Graphic comparison of housing affordability among ethnicities in California, courtesy of the California Budget and Policy Center.
Graphic comparison of housing affordability among ethnicities in California, courtesy of the California Budget and Policy Center.

2 Comments

  1. ILLEGAL ALIENS should not be here in the first place.

  2. All the more reason to Recall Newsom so they can go back to work. Government caused the problem they are not the solution.

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