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The shortage of affordable housing is a looming threat to San Bernardino County

"There are direct and immediate consequences of this supply shortage". A study showed that S. B. County had the ninth-highest rate of residential crowding in the state, , 8.9 percent, meaning that nearly one out of every 10 residential units has too many people living in it, up to three or four families.

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Developers said they face daunting challenges in bringing new homes to S.B. markets. Experts suggests proactive solutions of what to do, such as Elevate housing [affordable housing] as a top priority for the San Bernardino County Council of Governments.

What would it take to make San Bernardino County housing affordable? (Press Enterprise)

The shortage of affordable housing is a looming threat to San Bernardino County, real estate experts heard Friday. The fourth annual Housing Policy Conference was a call to action from a builders trade group to developers and city leaders. Lack of housing supply costs the state economy more than $133 billion annually, and factoring in housing costs makes California’s poverty rate the highest in the nation, said Ben Metcalf, director of the California Department of Housing and Community Development and the event’s lunchtime keynote speaker. The conference was put on in the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Ontario Airport by the Building Industry Association of Southern California, Baldy View Chapter. It commissioned a study released in March that showed that San Bernardino County had the ninth-highest rate of residential crowding in the state, 8.9 percent, meaning that nearly one out of every 10 residential units has too many people living in it, up to three or four families. Los Angeles and Orange counties had higher rates, 12.1 percent and 9.3 percent respectively, and Riverside County’s rate was 7.4 percent.

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