COVID-19 prompts relocation, housing prices ‘skyrocket’ in Berkeley

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COVID-19 has affected life in Berkeley. Studies showed California residents are relocating around the state, which has had impacts on housing prices and demographics, while contributing to socioeconomic displacement in the city of Berkeley.

A lot has changed in Berkeley’s housing landscape since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Housing prices have increased, while residents have had to adapt to ongoing policy changes.
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Uninhabitable and invisible

Berkeley resident faces squalid living conditions as Section 8 renter receiving subsidized housing

Stretching across the wall in Monica Ferguson’s entryway is an eight-foot hole. The hole has been a problem in Ferguson’s house since she first moved there in 2002, and her landlord had repaired it several times. At the first signs of rain last fall, Ferguson said the paint peeled back, reopening the hole and revealing 10 years of wood rot. This time, her landlord didn’t repair it.
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City Council discusses housing at special work session

In a report to City Council at a special work session Tuesday, the Berkeley Housing Authority, or BHA, detailed the negative impact of the city’s high rent prices and federal funding cutbacks on the agency’s efforts to provide affordable housing.
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