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A Parallel Problem: Climate change-driven housing crises are being witnessed throughout the nation. . In California, unaffordable home prices that have been compounded by wildfires that have destroyed housing, causing a further shortage. This drove some Californians to seek affordable housing in Oregon, only to be met by wildfires and subsequent homelessness.
Shannon King, who left the Bay Area to escape soaring housing costs, moved to a mobile home park in Oregon, where she hoped to raise her children. That park was destroyed in a fire, and King now fears that developers will try to use the land where her home once stood to build trendier more expensive housing. The median rent in Oregon has increased by 14% in recent years, and those displaced by the fires, who have already suffered a financial burden, often don’t have anywhere else to go.
Even those who have homeowners or renters insurance, or received financial aid through FEMA or other programs, may face impossibly low housing availability in their areas. In King’s case, the area has one of the lowest vacancy rates in the country at just 2%.
Growing Inequality: Climate change and housing instability continue to disproportionately impact people of color and low-income people. When climate crises strike, it is often low-income housing that is impacted the most; historical discrimination, redlining, and segregation have relegated vulnerable groups to flood and fire-prone areas and left them with outdated infrastructure.
In Oregon, Phoenix City Councilor Sarah Westover said, “it’s like this fire went after the poorest and most vulnerable people in our community,” and emphasized that, “if we want people to stay, we have to take action now to make sure there’s transitional housing…We can’t put our tax base above the needs of the people who live here.”
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Taken together, the European Union’s 27 countries are the #4 carbon emitter globally. The recently released “Fit for 55” package spells out how, exactly, the bloc will go from its current output to hitting its goal of climate neutrality by 2050. One of the biggest proposed changes is an […]
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Madagascar is facing the world’s first famine caused entirely by climate change. 1.14 million people on the island nation are now considered food-insecure, and locals are scraping by on last-resort food sources like raw cactus and locusts. What’s worse: there is no end in sight. “The next planting season is less than two […]
by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer USA Today reported that for thousands of farmworkers in the West, extreme heat is a deadly threat. Repeated exposure to temperatures above 100 degrees can cause dangerous heat stress in the human body resulting in heatstroke, death, or even exacerbated disease. Many farmworkers are immigrants without access to health […]
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