The Affordability Crisis

Learn more below about California’s housing crisis, affordable homeownership in the Bay Area and how you can get involved.

Explaining California’s Housing Crisis

To help explain why affordable housing and homeownership are so vital to the health of our state and the communities within it, we are breaking down some of the complexity behind California’s housing crisis. Read on to learn more and to find ways to get involved in your community!

  • California has a production shortage of 3.5 million homes
  • Currently, fewer than 100,000 homes are being built per year in California
  • There is a 35-year backlog of housing, affordable housing in particular
Construction workers building Habitat for Humanity Greter San Francisco affordable homes. Working on the framing in hard hats.
Geneva Village under construction in 2020 is bringing affordable townhomes to Daly City.

Why Affordable Homeownership is Important

in the bay area


Median home price in the 8-county Bay Area



Median home price in 58% of counties nationwide

in our region

only 18%

of households can afford a median priced home

Watch this 4-minute video to learn more about why homeownership is such an importnat tool in bringing housing equity to the Bay Area.

Want to get involved?

The generosity of individuals, corporations, and institutions allows us to continue our mission of building and sustaining affordable homeownership opportunities for more families in the Bay Area.

Volunteers are at the heart of the Habitat model. No prior experience is necessary and all the trainign and equipment you need will be provided. Sign up and help us build families a future!

Make your voice heard and join us in promoting affordable homebuilding and championing affordable homeownership in San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin.

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