California has a 2017 population of 39.5 million, with more people coming to the state than the migration of those leaving. The housing bubble of 2008, and the ensuing crash that followed with combination of the stiff bay area housing regulations created the housing crisis that it is. Which is a combination of unaffordability and unit shortage in mostly high populated areas. According to the State Housing and Community Development Department, California needed 180,000 new homes each year over the past decade but built on average just 80,000 a year. Meaning the state will need at least 1.8 million new homes by 2025 to correct it. Interesting trends to follow is that the tech industry correlation is no longer running prices up, and that the industry isn’t condensing in the bay area but spreading out in search of it’s employees finding more affordable housing. With some reports saying that a portion of tech employees are driving as much as 50+ miles into the bay for work (adding to traffic issues).

Legislators are drafting bills all across the country at an all time record high to address homelessness through some means of financial housing security or increasing the supply of housing to meet the demand. The Bay Area may have a lot of people leaving the balance of unaffordable housing and an high average median worker wage for the area, but it isn’t enough to offset the influx of newcomers into the state of California. In Bay Area cities like San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose the rate of building housing has matched this unique influx with the help of leaving migrators. But there still remains shortages as we know California has approximately has 21 affordable homes available per 100 ELI(extremely low-income) renters, in areas in the bay where 30% of those residents may be paying 30- 50% of their monthly income. Keep in mind that in the Bay Area low-income can range $70,000 into the 6 figures, meaning extremely low may not even be the number you would typically think, (full list included at the bottom). On a $65,000 salary a 2 bedroom apartment in the bay can cost up to 65-75% of your monthly income. At making less than half or 20-30 thousand of the median income in the bay area that means you’ll be spending half your monthly income or more, when about 30% or 1/3 is the ideal recommended by economist.

The administration’s recommended $6.2 billion, 13.2 percent cuts to HUD, damage cities like Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, in a variety of housing voucher systems, to safety nets that protect at-risk families from homelessness. State and federal funding for affordable housing has dropped in the bay area counties Alameda, Contra Costa, Sonoma, and San Mateo by 65% since 2008. California’s spending on affordable housing has gone down by $1.5 billion since 2012

Counties with the considered low-income salary benchmarkers in the Bay Area is

  • Alameda County: $80,400
  • Contra Costa County: $80,400
  • Marin County: $105,350
  • Napa County: $74,500
  • San Francisco County: $105,350
  • San Mateo County: $105,350
  • Santa Clara County: $84,750
  • Solano County: $64,300

And that’s with an increase from the following years.

These fund losses cause more funders, local non-profits, and community leaders to step up and fill the void left by the government, good thing there has been indications that this may happen and more efficiently than ever before. More than ever objectives like ending youth/veteran homelessness is achievable. When the U.S. exert the political will and social muscle to solve homelessness, we succeed. For example, when the U.S. Congress invested in effective, targeted homeless assistance over the last seven years, local communities made enormous strides. The nation witnessed an eye-popping 47% reduction in homelessness among veterans from 2010 to 2016, including a remarkable 17% reduction in 2015 alone. Chronic homelessness decreased 27% during that same period, and family homelessness dropped by 23%, with a 65% drop in families living on the street. At Project WeHOPE we promise to do our part, in midst of expanding our organization, effort results and program reach we will serve the needs of the community for those who are homeless, at-risk of becoming homeless, and those families living in poverty. Join us in these community effort on facing the problem of homelessness, for more information or ways in which you can help to please contact us at or by giving us a call at 650-330-8000.