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The Citizen

    Housing crunch has straining effect on residents

    By Ebony Belser

    Who knew the cost of living would be an arm and a leg? I can’t speak for all areas, because I live in the Bay Area.

    I’ve lived here all my life so I’m aware of how things used to be, compared to
     how things are now. I can remember back when I was in elementary school in the late 90’s, when rent was pretty much dirt cheap!

    At that time, my family was able to lease out a nice two bedroom house.

    Now, you’re lucky to lease a house without having to pay three times or more for the cost of rent, while having fewer bedrooms, less square feet, or having to share a house with family (or a complete stranger).

    I’ve personally had to deal with all three effects. I am currently leasing a one-bedroom apartment for around $1,100–1,200 a month, including utilities, miscellaneous goods, and food. I’ve been staying in my home for two years and my rent has risen a good $200 plus during that time.

    Before I began leasing, I stayed with family members and didn’t have to worry about the cost of rent.

    A short time before I moved back in with family, I rented a room out of an elder lady’s leased house in Oakland. At that time I only had to pay $275 towards rent. The price may sound cheap, but that’s because we had yet another roommate right out back who also paid a portion of the rent.

    This was about three years ago now, and I have experienced the difference. My only advice now is to take on more than one source of employment, since it seems as if it’s the only way to live.

    About the Contributor
    In the fall of 2019, The Laney Tower rebranded as The Citizen and launched a new website. These stories were ported over from the old Laney Tower website, but byline metadata was lost in the port. However, many of these stories credit the authors in the text of the story. Some articles may also suffer from formatting issues. Future archival efforts may fix these issues.  
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