California’s Newly Poor Push Social Services Network to Brink
In California’s Contra Costa County, 40,000 families are applying for just 350 affordable-housing vouchers. Church-operated pantries are running out of food. Crisis calls have more than doubled in the city of Antioch, where the Family Stress Center occupies the site of a former bank.
The worst financial crisis in seven decades is forcing thousands of previously middle-income workers to seek social services, overwhelming local agencies, clinics and nonprofits.
Armageddon West: Beginning today, the federal Central Valley Project has shut off the water to farmers in California’s Central Valley. It is estimated that 80,000 agriculture related jobs will be lost.