cost of living

5:00pm

Mon September 1, 2014
Economy/Labor/Biz

Living Wage: What does it cost to live in the Bay Area?

Flickr user Kristy Johnson

KALW's Todd Whitney researched what it really costs to live in the Bay Area. He and Ben Trefny sat down to check out the results.

"So we're talking nearly $33 an hour. Or you can think of it this way: that's two adults earning nearly $17 an hour." -Todd Whitney

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6:54pm

Tue July 15, 2014
Economy/Labor/Biz

Chinatown Tenants Gather Strength

Chinatown resident Lee Ming Dang in her 7 by 7 foot home.
Melanie Young

Tenants are facing a tough time in San Francisco. The city has some of the nation’s highest rents and laws like the Ellis Act have made evictions front page news. But there are pockets of affordability, like in Chinatown, where the average rent is one third as much as in other neighborhoods.  

But the neighborhood is also one of the country’s most overcrowded and tenants claim that landlords violate health and safety codes.

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5:14pm

Wed October 16, 2013
Transportation

Silicon Valley commuter shuttles hit home in San Francisco neighborhoods

A Facebook shuttle pulls over in a Muni stop on 18th Street to pick up employees for the morning commute.
Liz Pfeffer

10:34am

Wed August 7, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

Visitacion Valley home makes it possible for low-income HIV/AIDS patients to reside in San Francisco

Under CC license from Flickr user transitpeople

Living with HIV or AIDS can be hard. Even with advances in treatment, symptoms can be hard to manage, and medication is expensive. If you live in San Francisco, it’s even harder -- because the cost of living is so high. The median price  for a one-bedroom apartment in the city is almost $2,800 -- already out of reach for many low-income people, and even harder for people whose medical costs get higher as their diseases advance. The cost of medication an HIVs patient has to take can reach nearly $30,000 per year.  But for sixteen years, San Francisco’s had a place to help low-income AIDs patients. Leland House in Visitacion Valley. KALW student reporter Megan Quintana has always known about Leland House because her mom is a nursing assistant there.

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