Kirk Siegler, Kirk David, California discussed on Morning Edition


The fairgrounds in Yuba city. It's seven hundred and fifty bucks a month to park their RV here and use the showers. She tears up. It's the sixth place. They've moved since the fire. I don't know how to describe it. Other than. Complete chaos now to hear her tell it folks around here are getting compassion fatigue toward campfire survivors. There's a lot of price gouging. Most RV parks. Don't let you stay more than a few weeks at a time. I don't want a handout, none of us want a handout, but this is made it so impossible for anybody to survive. Especially when you're on a fixed income, and we live on social security. She's hoping to move to Arkansas, she's got family there. And maybe a job California is just too expensive. And there's nothing to rent let alone something that's a forcible. There's no place to go. We're looking at parking on on the fat of the street with a bunch of other homeless. There was already a severe housing shortage and growing homelessness crisis in rural northern California. Even before the campfire for Ed mayor, the executive director of the Butte county housing authority this disaster peeled back. The band-aid exposing just how vulnerable these communities are we've really lost our ability to produce housing is affordable to our citizenry, and this is the larger tragedy the larger tragedy that voice in a story from NPR's Kirk siegler who still in the studio with me what what does he mean, they're larger tragedy? Kirk David backed ourselves into a corner because there's not enough affordable housing in this country right now, so many people are being. Forced to live in these high risk places be they high wildfire risk zones or flooded areas or or flood prone areas, you know, paradise is just the latest example of this. I mean is this town was all but destroyed could just be a game changer when people start rethinking about all of this our housing situation. How he responded his Astor's? Well, that sexually the subject of our next reporting mission where we're going to try to find out next is look at what is out of whack with how we respond to disasters like this and what needs to change. And I think a lot of communities are watching with worry. What's happened in paradise and thinking, it could have just as easily been them or it may be them next coach Sigler haired NPR west with me Kirk. Thanks. Thank you..

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