The COVID-19 pandemic has quickly impacted all aspects of society and all of our lives. We at the Irvine Foundation also know that the virus and the impending recession is disproportionately endangering Californians who were already struggling to make ends meet.
As I reflect on 2019, I see encouraging signs that California is taking real steps forward to address economic inequality and increase opportunity for working people, particularly those earning low wages.
We are in conversations with grantees, working people, and leaders across the state learning about the challenges and opportunities facing Californians today. Again and again Californians’ single-largest expense came up: housing.