Seven in ten Californians view housing affordability as one of
the top problems in their community. City officials understand
this and are working hard to find solutions that ensure families
of all income levels can afford to live in their communities.
Statewide affordable housing production is not growing fast
enough to close the state’s housing gap. However, it is not
impossible to reverse the trends that got us here — so long as we
can learn from our mistakes.
A lack of buildable terrain, funding, and skilled labor, as well
as the threat of wildfires, makes building affordable,
multifamily housing difficult in California’s rural, mountainous
communities. Until 2023, Nevada City’s last large, multifamily
development was built in 2001. Before that, the 1980s. So, what
Eureka is reversing an unusually high rate of homelessness thanks
to an innovative set of social service programs. Since
launching the program in 2019, Eureka has housed over 120
individuals and helped more than 200 people obtain employment.