Take your pick of lists — on any of them Sacramento routinely ranks as one of the least affordable cities in the United States. And any number of polls shows, similarly, that housing affordability constitutes a major concern for residents in the greater Sacramento area who either want to be able to afford to buy a home, or fear that their children or grandchildren won’t be able to in the near future.
While the City of Sacramento was recently named the first jurisdiction in California to earn a Prohousing Designation from the California Department of Housing and Community Development — which will help the city’s efforts to develop more transit-friendly affordable units — for many local residents, buying a home remains out of reach.
Solving Sacramento, a media collaborative of which SN&R is a member, sent seven student journalists (and one student photographer) from Sacramento State and Sacramento City College to report from neighborhoods throughout the area, knocking on doors and stopping people on the street to hear their thoughts on the housing affordability issue. Here’s what they found.