Discrimination — sometimes legal, sometimes not — has kept Black homeownership rates below white homeownership rates for decades. Even now, Black homeownership rates are nearly 20 percentage points lower than the overall homeownership rate in California, at 35.6% versus 55% in 2021. Fortunately, it’s going up, albeit slowly. Between 2016 and 2021, the rate increased 2.5% percentage points.
Riverside County experienced the largest increase, going from 44% to 53% across the five years. However, the rate stayed the same or even decreased in some counties, including San Francisco where it’s remained just 22% and Santa Clara County which saw a drop from 30% to 25%. Even with the Black population in California only being about 6%, compared to the national value of 13.6%, it still accounts for over 2 million people. It certainly is difficult to find affordable non-rental housing for that many people, but there’s no reason it should be more difficult to house Black people than white people.
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