California Dream

A statewide collaboration between Capital Public Radio, KQED, KPCC, KPBS and CALmatters focused on key issues of economic opportunity, quality of life and the future of the “California Dream.”

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The California Dream project is a statewide non-profit media collaboration focused on issues of economic opportunity, quality-of-life, and the future of the California Dream. 

Over the next two years, the collaboration will be sharing stories about housing, education, jobs, the wealth gap and more as it presents reporting on radio and television, online and through special programming.

Partner organizations include CalMattersCapital Public RadioKPBSKPCC and KQED.

Share your California dream. On Twitter, use the hashtag #CADream.

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Not Living In The Dorms? Good Luck Figuring Out What College Is Going To Cost

July 30, 2018

Inaccurate cost of attendance estimates can throw off students’ budgeting and their financial aid packages.

Robbie Short for CALmatters

Fleeing War-Torn Homes For Crippling Rents — How California Housing Costs Are Creating A Harsh Reality For Refugees

July 23, 2018

Seventy hours a week driving Uber, peeing in a bottle, and still late with the rent; refugee agencies rethink strategies in the “resistance state.”

Ben Bradford / Capital Public Radio

Is California’s Legacy Environmental Law Protecting The State’s Beauty Or Blocking Affordable Housing?

July 9, 2018 | Ben Bradford

Habitat for Humanity wants to build affordable housing in Redwood City, but a nearby resident is using the California Environmental Quality Act to stop the apartments.

Meghan McCarty Carino / KPCC

High Home Prices And Congestion Shrink The California Dream

July 5, 2018

With California’s problems of affordability and congestion, many of us are paying a higher price for an ever-shrinking sliver of California paradise.

Amita Sharma / KPBS

A Dimming Dream Of Retirement In California

June 26, 2018

California has one of the highest percentages of seniors living in poverty in the United States. Escalating rent and healthcare costs are forcing many of California’s elderly, especially women, onto a path of downward mobility.

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

California Dream: Exploring The Promise — And Unintended Consequences — of Rent Control

June 21, 2018 | Chris Nichols

As California rents have increased, so have calls to strengthen rent control laws across the state. Voters this fall will have the chance to weigh in on a potential first step.

Vanessa Rancaño / KQED

Housing Costs — More Than Tuition — Are Crushing California’s Low-Income College Students

June 7, 2018

Attending a university in California can be a financial burden beyond the means of many college hopefuls. Rising tuition is compounded by the lack of affordable housing in the state and the high cost of living.