Editorial: Ben Carson’s HUD report on housing for the poor is an eye opener


“Dr. Carson, this is not brain surgery: Businesses that need to turn a profit will never produce decent housing for low or extremely low income Americans without subsidies. With $2 million fixer-uppers and working people living in tents, the Bay Area tends to think of itself as the epicenter of the affordable housing crisis. Like … Continue reading Editorial: Ben Carson’s HUD report on housing for the poor is an eye opener

California lawmakers have tried for 50 years to fix the state’s housing crisis. Here’s why they’ve failed


After an hour of debate, Herb Perez had had enough.

Perez, a councilman in the Bay Area suburb of Foster City, was tired of planning for the construction of new homes to comply with a 50-year-old state law designed to help all Californians live affordably.

The Project


The San Mateo Housing Stories Project is an ongoing project of One San Mateo. Far too often, those affected most by changes in our communities are those who have the least voice in the matter. They lack a voice in the media, and they lack a voice in politics, one feeding the other in a … Continue reading The Project

Many in San Mateo County priced, pushed out of affordable housing


Many low-income San Mateo County tenants have been priced out of their neighborhoods and driven to homes much farther away, leaving them with fewer job options and health services, longer commutes and greater environmental and safety concerns, according to a new study. – See more.