Alameda County voters approve regional housing bond. In 2016, voters in Alameda County approved Measure A1, an affordable housing bond, which will create and protect affordable housing options for vulnerable residents, including seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities. The measure has already allocated $79 million in commitments from fees on property owners amounting to $12 to $14 per $100,000 of assessed value, contributing toward the development of nearly 1,000 new affordable units. Learn more.
“ For them to increase our rent and bamboozle us, I just think it is truly an unfair practice. How many people have already been evicted under these pretenses?”
At the beginning of the pandemic, Joseph Alvarez moved to an apartment complex in Petaluma with his wife and children. It was the closest and most affordable option near his job in San Rafael. When their lease was up for renewal, the family was hit with a rent increase. Now, Joseph worries that they’ll be priced out of the area if this trend continues because his income is not increasing at the same rate. He is among 24 percent of the renters in Petaluma who are severely rent burdened, those who spend 50 percent or more of their monthly income on rent. In the nine-county region, nearly half (47 percent) of renters are rent burdened, which means 30 percent of their income goes toward paying rent. Learn more.
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