California is facing a housing affordability crisis.

In California, rent is skyrocketing, wages are stagnating, poverty is pervasive, and homelessness is rising. The median rental price for a two-bedroom apartment is about $2,300, and the housing affordability crisis isn’t confined to the state’s major cities. One in three Californians are severely rent burdened, spending more than half their income on rent. Most renters are just one major life event away from eviction, or even homelessness.


Median rent for a 2-bedroom apartment in Los Angeles.


Median rent for a 2-bedroom apartment in San Francisco.


Median rent for a 2-bedroom apartment in San Diego. [1]

California’s housing affordability crisis is not simply one of supply and demand. There is no shortage of expensive, market-rate housing available and being built. But as market-driven development flourishes, housing that’s affordable for families, seniors, recent college graduates, and too many others has become more scarce. We are seeing gentrification and displacement crises unfolding throughout the state and across the nation.

Middle- and working-class communities with unique character and culture are being decimated by the increased cost of housing. Teachers, nurses, and grocery clerks are forced to commute far from their jobs just to live in an affordable apartment. The less fortunate are forced to sleep on couches, in cars, or on our streets.

We are in a state of crisis. It demands an urgent, multi-pronged approach. Housing Is A Human Right advocates for the “3 Ps”: protect tenants; preserve communities; and produce housing. We need community-based solutions that put people over profit.