Climate Change

The Connection Between California Wildfires and the Housing Crisis

Eleven million people, around a quarter of California’s population, live in high-risk wildfire zones. Wildfires make the housing market even smaller and more expensive because of California’s lack of affordable housing. According to the research firm Headwaters Economics, more than 3,600 structures, including homes, burned in California wildfires during 2021, and between 2005 and 2020 nearly 60,000 structures were lost to fires in the state. Most people would assume that wildfires would decrease home value, but because of their location and scarce supply of homes, housing prices keep going up, which leads to more people at risk of experiencing homelessness.

Climate Change and its Threat to People that are Homeless

After a slow start, winter storms are plentiful in the Northeast and Midwest. These regions have seen over a foot of snow on separate occasions this past month. With storms creeping down into places as south as Texas, many people that are homeless are experiencing extreme cold more often. Before the affects of climate change became so apparent, Texas was not familiar with the freezing temperatures and icy roads many northerners have grown accustomed to. People in the southern plains (where winter storms are likely to increase the most), especially people that are homeless, do not have proper materials to defend themselves. In another 5 or 6 months, many Americans will be experiencing extreme heat or battling through hurricane season.

Climate Change and How It Relates to Homelessness

Climate change is one of the driving forces causing homelessness. As temperatures warm, natural disasters become an increasing issue causing vast amounts of damage and ultimately leaving people unhoused. Climate change makes a huge difference in the quality of life for people who are unhoused. Being out in the elements during climate crises without shelter …

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