California is in the middle of a housing crisis.

Rent is skyrocketing, wages are stagnating, poverty is flourishing, and homelessness is rising. Across the state, the median rental price for a two-bedroom apartment is around $2,400, and the problem isn’t confined to the state’s major cities, either. One in three Californians are severely rent burdened, paying more than half their income in rent. And 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]

We believe the housing crisis is not simply one of supply and demand. There is no shortage of market-rate and luxury housing available and being built across the state. But as market-driven development continues to fuel the gentrification of communities, housing that is affordable to seniors, the low income and working class has become more scarce.

Up and down the state, formerly stable communities with unique character and culture are being decimated by the increased cost of housing. Teachers, nurses, long-term care workers and grocery clerks are being forced to commute far from their place of work just to live in a decent affordable apartment. The less fortunate are forced to sleep on couches, in cars or can be seen on our streets.

We are in a state of crisis, that demands immediate solutions that end homelessness, protect affordable housing, stabilize working class communities, create cities where people of all income levels can live and thrive, and preserve the unique culture and character of communities.