A family of four earning about $24,000 annually is considered to be “low-income” in most of the country.
However, the rules are vastly different in San Francisco, where “a family of four in San Francisco earning more than $100,000 a year can now qualify for affordable housing” from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and local HUD-subsidized sources, according to a recent news report.
HUD Regional Public Affairs Officer and Homeless Liaison Ed Cabrera stated, “[T]he income limits in the Bay Area are the highest of any area in the country.”
Other California cities are experiencing the same kind of economic disparity that has forced many well-paid workers into homelessness.
Here’s a list of how much money a family of four can declare as income and qualify for government assistance in other California counties:
- Santa Clara County — $84,000
- Contra Costa County — $80,000
- Napa — $74,000
- Solano — $64,000
According to one report, “In Santa Clara County, a recent survey shows more than 6,000 people in the county are homeless. And 23 percent of them are living in their cars, vans, and RVs.”
Facebook engineers who live and work in the Bay Area are supposedly well-paid, but they’re finding it so impossible to afford housing that they’ve reportedly asked their boss Mark Zuckerberg for help paying rent and some Twitter employees earning $160,000 feel like they’re barely scraping by.
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