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Stockton's Housing Landscape

Learn why the Housing Justice Coalition is working to Build More affordable housing and Prevent Evictions of renters.
0
low-income households do not have access to an affordable home in San Joaquin County
0%
of Stockton renters are rent-burdened
0%
of tenants have legal representation in eviction cases in San Joaquin County
New Homes in Stockton
21% of Goal Reached

Stockton is not building enough homes for its residents. 

  • California sets housing goals for each region based on population. (SJCOG)
  • Between 2015 and 2020, Stockton had a goal of creating 11,824 new homes. But only 2,446 homes were built or are being built.
    (Annual Progress Report)
  • There are various reasons why housing is not being built quickly enough; one reason is because Stockton lacks adequate local funding.

A housing trust fund can increase local funding to build affordable homes. 

California will receive $126 million from the federal government in 2021 for local housing trust funds.
(
NHTF 2021 State Allocations)

Areas with high rent burden rates typically have higher eviction rates.

Evictions have long-lasting consequences.
Families are displaced from their community and children have to switch schools. Families often lose their belongings, which can be expensive to replace. Sometimes eviction leads to homelessness, especially in areas that lack affordable homes.
Evictions can prevent a family from finding decent housing because many landlords screen for recent evictions.
(Brookings & Eviction Lab)
Black renters are more disproportionately targeted by evictions than white renters.

In San Joaquin County, only 1% of tenants have legal representation in eviction cases, compared to 67% of landlords. (Evicted in San Joaquin

  • Landlords have the upper-hand in eviction cases because they typically have legal counsel. Some landlords are serial evictors. (ACLU)
  • The first-year evaluation of San Francisco’s Right to Counsel program found a 10% reduction in eviction lawsuit filings from 2018 to 2019 and an increase in housing stability among tenants as a result of having access to legal representation (67% were able to remain in their homes). (National Coalition for Right to Counsel)

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