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Where the Heart Is

Home is physical, a built structure, a roof, four walls, a web. Home is a place at the table, nourishment. Yet, home remains a mere dream for those who experience its absolute absence. Many in the Bay Area find themselves homeless. In the months ahead, we will explore the ways people and organizations in the Bay are trying to make headway to house more people who need it. We’ll also take a closer look at displacement, the byproduct of gentrification and the yawning gap between income and housing costs here.  Laura McCamy of OaklandLocal has been covering the issue as it plays out in Oakland and Alameda County.  At yesterday’s SPUR event, the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) shared highlights and findings from its State of the Region, chronicling the growing pressures on transit and housing, and the promise and downside of employment trends. BayMozaic will circle back to the report in the weeks ahead. Behind every set of statistics lives a methodology, and more importantly, thousands of stories of lives affected. (Haleh, photos Sofia/Haleh)

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