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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redlining, and segregation have relegated vulnerable groups to flood and fire-prone areas and left them with outdated infrastructure.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 WW0 Staff For the United States, the post-Trump, pre-COP26 road to Glasgow has been paved with ambition and humility. In a major speech, the President’s Envoy, John Kerry, previewed the results of his climate diplomacy before heading into two weeks of intense deliberations of world leaders. Speaking at the London School of Economics — […]
Next week, the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow will draw hundreds of world leaders to Glasgow to determine the path forward five years after the Paris Climate Agreement (for a primer, read this) as new science underscores the urgency. The conference aims to squeeze countries to strengthen the commitments they’ve made towards securing global net-zero […]
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor In a report released last week, the Department of Defense (DOD) confirmed that existing risks and security challenges in the US are being made worse due to “increasing temperatures; changing precipitation patterns; and more frequent, intense, and unpredictable extreme weather conditions caused by climate change. Now, the Pentagon is […]
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