There is no doubt the San Francisco Bay Area is a beautiful place to live. You are only hours away from the mountains, the snow in Reno and Tahoe, surfing in Bodega Bay and any other outdoor activity you can think of doing in the California sun.
If you live in the Bay Area then you know how expensive things like food, rent, gas, car notes and other basic necessities are getting. If you want to continue to live in the Bay Area, it’s going to cost you big time.
No matter where you want to live in the Bay Area rents are out of control. If you are a single individual or a couple trying to find an apartment you might want to think again. In the East Bay unless you make enough to cover sixteen hundred and much higher in rent (depending on the location) you just might be out of luck. If you’re considering a studio apartment, again depending on where you are looking, it can cost you one thousand dollars or more. If you add utilities and cable, dish or Direct TV into the equation realistically, how much would you have left for food, toiletries or even the cost for gas to commute to and from work?
See housing prices in the East Bay on Craig’s list
For those looking across the bay in places like San Francisco and the surrounding areas unless you have a trust fund, a silver spoon and someone else is paying your rent or you have a job that pays beyond pretty damn good rent can make you cringe and even break down in tears.
See housing prices in San Francisco on Craig’s list
For some the idea of moving to states or other countries where the cost of living is a lot cheaper is becoming more and more of a reality. There are some individuals who are doing what they can to make it work in the Bay. For some the solution is working multiple jobs just to get by. There are some families who share their home with strangers, their friends and other family members in order to make it. What can be done to help the millions of individuals who work at a job where the pay is minimum wage or slightly above to afford the rents that are constantly going up in the Bay Area? This seems to be the million dollar question with no solution in sight.
Believe it or not there is some light at the end of what seems to be a dark tunnel. There are some cities trying to do their part to help people to try to stay in the area. The City of Emeryville has already increased their minimum wage to fifteen dollars. There are other cities also looking into increasing their minimum wage to help as well. Recently the Governor of California has signed a bill to increase the minimum wage in the state to fifteen dollars by the year 2022. Every little bit helps but is whats currently being done really enough? Or, is there even more that can be done to help?