Daily Democrat: California housing crisis drives people to live in their RVs

Daily Democrat: California housing crisis drives people to live in their RVs
December 18, 2017 Peter

RV resident Robert Ramirez, 54, shows his sleeping space inside his RV on Dec. 5, 2017. Ramirez supports himself by collecting recyclable materials and also gets government assistance. He wishes he could park his trailer in a RV park for more stability in his life but he can’t afford it. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group)Robert Ramirez lives in an old RV, parked curbside in an industrial section of town. He knows one day soon he’ll get that knock on his door. Bay Area police will politely ask him to relocate. Neither party will be happy, Ramirez said, but he’ll agree to move along. It’s happened before, and he expects it will happen again — no matter how hard he tries to be a good neighbor and keep his vehicle and sidewalk clean. The 54-year-old lives on public assistance and collecting recyclables. “I have to do whatever I have to do,” he said. A number of cities are coming to realize what Ramirez already knows — parking tickets won’t solve the problem of finding a place to live. Across California, officials are struggling to cope with a growing influx of RV dwellers seeking a safe, permanent place for the only homes they can afford.

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