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In need of teacher housing, more California school districts building their own

In need of teacher housing, more California school districts building their own

The Bay Area has the largest disparity between teacher salaries and rental housing costs in California. EdSource’s Diana Lambert reports on the steps being taken by local school districts to help change that.

Affordable housing projects for school employees have been built in Los Angeles, Santa Clara and San Mateo over the last 20 years. Now, with housing costs continuing to rise and new state laws that make building employee housing easier, a wave of new projects is in the pipeline.

Santa Clara County, San Jose Unified, Jefferson Union High School District, the Sonoma County Office of Education, San Francisco Unified, San Lorenzo Valley Unified, West Contra Costa Unified and Mountain View Whisman School District are among those that have approved employee housing or are considering it. All of those districts are in the Bay Area, where the rent for a modest one-bedroom apartment in the region stretching from Marin to Santa Clara County is more than double the median one-bedroom rent statewide, according to an EdSource analysis.

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