Orange County’s new Community Indicators Report, an annual study by government agencies, businesses and philanthropies, points to many woes woven into the fabric of the county’s sunny suburbs.
One thread links them all: a calamitous shortage of affordable housing.
Homelessness, overcrowding, and family financial instability are directly linked to high housing costs according to the 74-page data-rich report released last week.
However other factors are indirectly linked. When families spend 50% or more of their income on housing, they have less remaining to pay for health care and healthy foods, affecting overall health.
If the housing crisis continues, the report predicts, the result will be “a persistent and growing underclass.”
Read the whole story in the Orange County Register