Half the state’s households struggle to afford the roof over their heads. Homeownership — once a staple of the California Dream — is at its lowest rate since World War II. Nearly 70 percent of poor Californians see the majority of their paychecks go immediately to escalating rents.

This month, state lawmakers are debating a long-delayed housing package.

Here’s what you need to know about one of California’s most vexing issues.

John Osborn D’Agostino contributed to this story.

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What you need to know about California's housing crisis | CALmatters

By Ben Christopher and Matt Levin | August 21, 2017 Half the state's households struggle to afford the roof over their heads. Homeownership-once a staple of the California dream-is at its lowest rate since World War II. Nearly 70 percent of poor Californians see the majority of their paychecks go immediately to escalating rents.

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