2017 is the year California must solve its housing crisis

Addressing the state’s housing crisis

Strong Supply of Housing and Water Key to Upward Mobility in California

The One Million Homes Challenge: How to advance the Summit’s “all of the above” solution

California teacher shortage worsens, especially in cities

On Housing Supply, L.A. Has Room to Improve

Californians Fleeing High State’s High Cost of Housing

Changing the Rules of the Game to Close California’s Housing Gap

California’s Housing Crisis, Construction Labor, & Costs of Multi-Family Housing

As the housing policy debate escalates and various solutions are proposed, costs become an inescapable topic of discussion. Linkage of construction wage standards to streamlined residential project approvals processes quickly became a particular focus of attention in 2016. The California Economic Summit argues that it is unlikely that elevated wage standards could have major impacts on total housing costs, given that construction labor comprises only 14 percent of total California housing costs. The preponderance of academic research on prevailing wage standards cost impacts has found no significant overall impacts on the construction of nonresidential structures.

Video: CHC Policy Director Marina Wiant’s comments on CA poverty rate aired across the State

CHC Policy Director Marina Wiant’s comments explore the newest set of data from the Census Bureau’s supplementary poverty measure – which takes into account housing costs. When housing costs are accounted for, California’s poverty rate surges from 15 to 20% – the highest in the nation. Her comments were aired across the state from Los Angeles to Sacramento & Monterey to Fresno. Here is a snippet of her remarks shown on NBC 24 (Fresno)