Exploring the Promise — and Unintended Consequences — of Rent Control

By Chris Nichols, Capital Public Radio/CALmatters

Toy cars are scattered across the floor in Marie Camacho’s small one-bedroom apartment in Sacramento. Photos of her 4-year-old boy, Julian, line the walls. The 32-year-old single mom juggles two part-time jobs, but she can’t stand to be away from her son.

“He likes being around his mom,” said Camacho. “And I’m the only one. … I’m mom and dad. So, it makes it even worse.”

Camacho’s California dream — of raising Julian in a safe, affordable home with family, school and her church nearby — is getting tougher. Her rent is going up — way up — from about $600 a month to more than $1,000 a month. She can’t afford that jump. And her landlord is not giving her the chance. Instead, she received a 60-day eviction notice, filling her with fear about the future.

Read the complete story at Capital Public Radio/CALmatters.