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What does shelter-in-place mean when shelter is unaffordable?

Only a chain-link fence separates the Joe Rodota Trail, a pedestrian and bike path, from California State Route 12 in Santa Rosa. Over the month of January, city officials relocated over 250 individuals living at the trail encampment, sending some to shelters across the city and some to temporary “pallet buildings” with bunk beds, heat and electricity in Los Guilicos in East Santa Rosa, a two-hour drive from the trail.
August 19, 2020
On March 16, Bay Area officials in six counties announced shelter-in-place directives, mandating that residents only leave their homes for essential purposes. But what does sheltering in place look like in the Bay Area, one of the most unaffordable housing markets in the U.S.? 

Congresswoman Anna Eshoo speaks to upper school journalism program with message of encouragement

Students of third period journalism were able to ask Representative Anna Eshoo questions. Eshoo talked about issues regarding the pandemic such as mental health and eviction moratoriums.
May 22, 2020

In a Zoom visit with upper school journalism students on May 7, Representative Anna Eshoo of California’s 18th congressional district delivered a message of optimism amidst the current pandemic and encouraged...

Only regulation can solve housing crisis

March 8, 2020

In San Francisco, the median house costs $1.00 million — 5.7 times the national median, which remains at $244,000, according to data from Zillow. A two-bedroom apartment in SF would set you back $3,090...

Lax zoning allows for affordable homes

March 8, 2020

The affordable housing crisis in the Bay Area is defined by sky-high prices and lack of housing, trends that have only been rising over the last decade. As the number of new jobs rapidly outpaces the amount...

Activist group Moms 4 Housing wins right to stay in Oakland house, protests Bay Area housing crisis

Supporters of Moms4Housing hold a rally outside of the disputed house on Jan. 14. The mothers reached an agreement with Wedgewood Properties, who agreed to sell the house to the Oakland Community Land Trust, a nonprofit that will rent the house to the mothers at an affordable price.
February 8, 2020

A group of homeless mothers called Moms 4 Housing reached an agreement with Wedgewood Properties on Jan. 20 to buy the Oakland home they had illegally occupied from Nov. 18 to Jan. 14. Their fight to stay...

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