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Homeless crisis hits the west coast

A homeless crisis is rocking the west coast, and victims are being left behind by the very things that mark the region's success.

Posted: Nov 6, 2017 5:24 PM

A homeless crisis is rocking the west coast, and victims are being left behind by the very things that mark the region's success.

A roaring economy has sent the housing costs skyrocketing, people who were once able to get by, even if they suffered a setback, are now pushed to the streets because rents have become too expensive.

And according to an Associated Press report, several cities along the west coast have declared states of emergency.

In Chico, both the Torres shelter and the Jesus center's Sabbath house have seen spikes in demand as they've both reached full capacity.
Ali Bolduc has been through the Sabbath house.

“I had my house, and I had my life, and I was working, and I made many bad choices: drugs, alcohol,” she said.

She ended up losing her home and living at the house for 13 months.

Now she's at the House of Hope, where she shares a place with others and pays rent that she can afford.

The growing economy has sent housing through the roof, and many are pushed to the streets because rent has become so expensive.

According to Zillow, an online real estate database company, the median home price in Chico is almost $309,000, which is up more than 4% from last year.

The current average for a one bedroom home is $201,000, compared to $133,000 just 5 years ago.

Right now, Bolduc has 2 part time jobs, but doesn’t think she’s ready to move out of transitional housing.

“Get my own apartment, pay PG&E, pay my car insurance, have gas in my car, have clothes have all of that kind of stuff, I would absolutely not be able to afford it at this point in my life.”

She says she's hoping to save up and be able to move out of transitional housing within the next couple of years, but it's not an easy task.

“Having to balance working full time and part time, finding childcare all that different kind of stuff, it's just hard to do,” she said.

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