The majority of Sacramento area residents now see affordable housing as a major
concern and support allotting a portion of new home construction to low-income
homes, according to a survey released by Sacramento State.
Seventy-seven percent of residents see affordable housing as a problem, trailing
only transportation as the top concern. More than two-thirds of those surveyed
think 15 percent of new homes built in their county should be priced as affordable
Those are just some of the findings of a recent survey about affordable housing
in the “2006 Sacramento State Annual Survey of the Region,” conducted
Feb. 4 to March 5 by sociology professor Amy Liu and more than 30 students through
the University’s Institute for Social Research. The survey covers El Dorado,
Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties.
Among other survey results:
High housing costs in the area continue to cause residents to consider leaving
the region. Nearly one-third are considering moving and of those planning
to leave, 70 percent are thinking about leaving California altogether.
in 10 residents think families earning $51,000 or less should have the opportunity
to live in their communities.
For the first time in the five years of the survey, length of residence doesn’t
seem to impact views of affordable housing. More than half of long-time residents
and 48 percent of newer residents think that affordable housing is a major
problem, a big change from a year ago when 39 percent of residents who had
lived in the area for six years or less saw it as a concern.
residents of all income levels are concerned about affordable housing than
last year. Nearly two-thirds of residents with incomes below $50,000, half
of those making $50,000 to $100,000 and more than 40 percent of those making
more than $100,000 see affordable housing as a problem.
The survey included 1,122 randomly selected adults in the Sacramento Region
who were interviewed in English and Spanish. It has a margin of error of 3 percent.