Affordable Housing a Problem for California Farmworkers

 
Affordable Housing a Problem for California Farmworkers

With low wages and rising rents, affordable housing is a problem for many farmworkers in California's agricultural communities.

The Ventura County Star reports (http://bit.ly/1DIEEx2 ) officials are trying to find creative ways to build affordable housing for farmworkers, but are finding challenges with the little land available for development.

In Ventura County, large swaths of land are designated for preservation. Most of the unincorporated land available is on sloped terrain, which is difficult to build affordable housing on.

The majority of farmworkers earn less than $15,000 a year. The average Ventura County rent is about $1,600.

At a summit Friday, Rob Wiener with the California Coalition for Rural Housing said one of the most successful farmworker housing projects is in Napa County, where vintners have helped build three migrant housing centers.

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