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This fire season has revealed the reality that more people are choosing to live in fire prone areas in California—raising the stakes of the worsening wildfire season. KVCR’s Megan Jamerson spoke with a University of Redlands associate professor of ecnomics who says affordable housing is not only an essential solution for fighting wildfires but for addressing climate change.

RIVERSIDE (CNS) - Riverside County supervisors tomorrow are expected
to sign off on a $625,000 funding request to the California Department of
Housing & Community Development under a program to aid localities in expanding
affordable housing opportunities by taxing numerous documents tied to real
estate transactions.
   The Senate Bill 2 application to the state, if approved, would provide
a source of funds for the county Transportation & Land Management Agency,
in partnership with the Economic Development Agency, to begin reviewing

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A new report says most jurisdictions in California - including San Bernardino and Riverside counties - are falling short on their low-income housing goals.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper has the story.

The report, put out by nonprofit think tank Next 10 and Beacon Economics, finds that most jurisdictions are behind on low-income housing targets, and that many aren’t participating in the reporting process at all.

Adam Fowler with Beacon Economics says the San Bernardino and Riverside areas are falling behind on building enough housing to keep up with job growth.

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Governor Gavin Newsom met yesterday (Tuesday) with the mayors of several California cities facing possible lawsuits from the state over their lack of affordable housing.  Capital Public Radio's Randol White has more.

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Southern California is experiencing a housing crisis.  And many communities are looking to build more shelters and affordable housing. But for people experiencing homelessness, what does it take to get off the streets and through those doors?  To find out, KVCR reporter Danielle Fox spent a day with a homeless outreach team in San Bernardino.

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A highly controversial bill designed to increase housing near transit stops in California died quickly last spring.  Now, it's back in the fall with a new name and more support.  Capital Public Radio's Randol White explains.

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Should voters approve new housing for an estimated 20,000 homeless people with severe mental illness?  While most people agree the end goal of Promposition 2 is noble, there is disagreement over $2 billion in bonds needed to build the homes.  Capital Public Radio's Randol White explains.

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The future of rent control in California will be in the hands of voters this November.  Capital Public Radio's Chris Nichols has this primer on Proposition 10, a ballot measure that's drawn strong debate over whether it's the right answer to the state's ever-increasing rents.

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A new report shows rent is increasing in the Inland Empire by about 2 to 3% per year.  KVCR's Benjamin PUrper has more.

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California has one of the highest percentages of seniors living in poverty in the United States, outranked only by Washngton, D.C.  Escalating rent and healthcare costs are forcing many of California's elderly onto a path of downward mobility.  As part of our statewide collaboration covering the California Dream, KPBS's Amita Sharma has this story.

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The median price for an existing single-family home in California is now above $600,000... the first time it's ever topped that mark.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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A sizeable number of Californians struggle to save money.  The state's notoriously high housing costs are gobbling up paychecks, leaving many on the edge of financial disaster.  As part of our statewide collaboration covering the California Dream, KPBS's Amita Sharma has this report.

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It's been 10 years since the housing crisis started. Home prices are back up, but could the market be overheating? Stacey Vanek Smith from the Planet Money team shares the latest with an Inland Empire interview.

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A controversial bill to increase the number of tall housing developments near transit stops in cities all over California has been amended in response to a chorus of concerns.

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Governor Jerry Brown has signed a package of 15 bills intended to drive down California's high housing costs... but not without throwing a little shade at the people who worked to get the measures to his desk.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports on Friday's signing ceremony.

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California's exorbitant housing costs are driving more than half of registered voters to consider moving - and a quarter of them to look at leaving the state.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports on a new poll out today (Tuesday) from U-C Berkeley.

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California lawmakers could today (Friday) take the first steps toward passing a package of bills that seek to reduce the state's soaring housing costs.  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports, up to a dozen different housing bills could come up for votes. 

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Although Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders have reached agreement on three key bills that seek to reduce California's high housing costs, they're still working to flesh out the rest of the package.  As  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports, the biggest sticking point is an issue called "inclusionary housing."

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Governor Jerry Brown and legislative Democrats are nearing a deal on bills they hope will address California's housing affordability crisis.  But it's still not clear that all three main parts of the deal have enough votes to pass.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.

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This could finally be the week that Governor Jerry Brown and California lawmakers begin to address the state's housing affordability crisis.  Or, maybe not.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler has an update from the state Capitol on where the negotiations stand.

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California lawmakers are weighing several ideas to encourage -- or force -- cities and counties to speed up the approval process for housing projects.  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports, the proposals are part of negotiations between Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders to address California's high housing costs.

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California lawmakers are on summer recess right now - but a major piece of unfinished business awaits their return later this month.  While they're away, Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders are negotiating a package of bills to address the state's housing crisis.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.

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Housing advocates are cheering a deal reached between Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic lawmakers to work on an affordable housing plan.  Capital Public Radio's Sally Schilling reports.

California lawmakers attempting to address the state's housing crisis are taking two approaches. They're passing bills to subsidize housing for low income residents and looking to encourage more building. Here's more from Ben Bradford at Capital Public Radio.

California has the most expensive real estate markets in the U. S., while state funds for affordable housing have largely dried up.  A new proposal passed the state senate Thursday that may provide a new source. Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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California lawmakers have moved forward several bills designed to address the state's lack of affordable housing.  Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports.

Democrats in the state Legislature are turning their attention to the issue of affordable housing in California.  Capital Public Radio's Daniel Potter reports it's their new focus, after passing a transportation funding bill earlier this month.

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Some say millennials will never put down roots.  That they're uninspired to enter the housing market.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols looked into what's fact and what's fiction about millennials and home ownership.

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More than two-thirds of Californians can't afford to buy a median-priced home in the state.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Is housing so expensive in California that even state lawmakers are priced out?  An Inland Empire legislator, California Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley recently made this assertion at a forum in Sacramento.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols checked out this eye-opening claim.

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