In the final installment of our demography series, guest staff blogger, Dr. Penelope Huang, Ph.D., explores how the current housing crisis is impacting families, and ultimately California. She explores both the current exodus of families and individuals from the Bay Area to nearby suburbs and also to neighboring states. Beyond the financial burden felt by families, the health implications of uncertain housing are also considered.
Without immigration, the up-and-coming working population of both the state and indeed the nation will not be enough to sustain current economic output in the near and far term. Immigrants have been critical to the social and economic fabric of this nation from its founding- now is the time to invite and encourage their participation and help in ensuring our joint economic and social well-being.
As we begin to understand the consequences of the declining birth rates discussed in the last blog post, we can leverage the projected slow growth of the population of school-aged children into the next decade, to position our state to make some significant investments in this diminishing resource now. Paying attention to and voting on propositions is one way to ensure investments early and often in our children and youth.
“I believe that children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way.”
I am a child of the 1970s, and was twelve years old when Whitney Houston’s Greatest Love of All was released in 1985, when perhaps more adults did believe that children were our future. Yet, many of us adults today may be unaware of how much truer these words are now than they were when I was a child, as we currently face a demographically-borne crisis that can only be addressed if we heed Whitney Houston’s words.