CALIFORNIA PARTNERSHIP (CAP) & THE 28ERS PRESENT:
"LINE UP FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING! 'SI SE PUEDE!'"
Thursday at 12 PM – 1 PM
5555 Arlington Ave, Riverside, CA 92504-2506, United States
The Housing Authority of Riverside County estimated in 2018 that the county is now short of 66,209 units needed to provide affordable and adequate housing. And to swirl more of the absurd into the absurdity blender, there are currently 78,000 people on the Section 8 waiting list. If you pay more than 30% of your income on housing costs, regardless of whether it stems from a monthly mortgage or rent payment, you are legally considered "housing-cost burdened" person by HUD’s very own criteria.
Case in point: Even working full-time at a minimum wage of $15 an hour (a wage that won’t go into effect by 2021), that same person would be able to afford $780 per month in housing costs. Yet in 2019, not 2021, the average studio apartment in Riverside rents for $1,015 a month, which effectively means this person is “housing-cost burdened” to the sad tune of 77%.
Even with more and effective homeless services, or more housing developments at “fair market values” (to be bought by hedge-funds like Blackstone), we are still going to have more people driven into homelessness because there is a complete lack of affordable housing. And as with anything in our confused nation, the less money you have for affordable housing, the more likely you are a person of color. Housing affects us all, but it disproportionately affects folks of color, the elderly and the disabled, and just as cruelly the formerly incarcerated with felonies.
SO WHAT THEN MUST BE DONE?
Get Your Walking Shoes on & Shout: "SI SE PUEDE!" and --->
Line up to get on HUD's waiting list for a housing subsidy!
By doing this, you join members of California Partnership (CAP) and The 28ers, who also have housing burdens along with the 78,000 other people still waiting for affordable homes in Riverside County.