A recent analysis by the Urban Institute found that in 2014 there were only 33 affordable and available units for every 100 extremely low-income renter households in Contra Costa. Extremely low-income households have an income at or below 30 percent of the area median income. Extremely low-income households were defined as those bringing in $27,600 or less. In Contra Costa, there were more than 34,000 extremely low-income renter households.
This means that two out of three extremely low-income families in our county spend more than 30% of their earnings on their rent, leaving fewer resources to spend on other essential needs such as child care, food, and healthcare.
We can do better than this!
Together, Contra Costa residents can influence the community rules and policies that shape our cities and neighborhoods and the type of homes that are available. We must work together to ensure that affordable housing choices are available for all residents in our communities.
Join Ensuring Opportunity Campaign on June 20 at Pleasant Hill Community Center to learn more about what we can do to create a more inclusive Contra Costa.
See our Contra Costa Housing Forum webpage for more details. Registration coming soon.