SoCal's Housing Crisis |

Map: How much of your income goes to rent?

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| For years, financial planners used that 30 percent threshold as a rule of thumb for renters: no more than 30 percent of your gross income should go to rent. But for many these days, with rents higher than they've ever been in Southern California, the 30 percent rule is a distant fantasy, and Southern Californian renters are having to adapt.

Why SoCal is at a tipping point in its housing crisis

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KPCC is kicking off a three-day look at Southern California’s housing emergency. We’ve been at a crisis for years, but things are getting worse and impacting all our lives.

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#MyFirstRent: I lived in a hostel for $900 a month

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We're looking for your stories about the first place you lived in Los Angeles and how much you paid for rent. Read a story from one of KPCC's own, and share yours!

Spike in SoCal home sales is good news for sellers

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The California Association of Realtors said San Bernardino County saw the largest increase in the region — six percent — followed by Orange and Los Angeles counties.

Proposed affordable housing fee for LA developers advances

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The City Council's Planning and Land Use Management Committee voted unanimously to support a fee on developers to help pay for affordable housing.

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LA gears up to help homeless people pay rent

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The push is on in L.A. to find help with rent for tens of thousands of homeless people the county has pledged to house over the next few years.

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California politicians say housing is their top priority

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In their final weeks of work this year, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislators have promised to tackle the state's affordable housing crisis

Many renters plan to leave LA for cheaper cities, study says

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A higher percentage of renters in L.A. are planning on settling down elsewhere compared to the national average, according to Apartment List, a rental listing site.

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