KQED aims to tell the story of how California got into a housing affordability crisis by exploring the history and regional policies of the Bay Area. We want to know how marginalized residents are affected.

A middle-aged Latina with long, brown hair, tortoiseshell glasses, and matte red lipstick stands outside beneath a lush, green, backlit tree, wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans, a gold ring on her right hand and a watch on her left wrist. She holds a sheaf of papers and what might be a phone in both hands as she speaks to what might be an unseen audience beyond and to the right of the camera. Behind her, to her left, is a dark blue tent with a handwritten sign on top. The words visible are "Alto a ... " on the top line and "Stop ... " on the bottom line. Behind her, to her right, is the top of a second, white tent. Barely visible in the background is what looks like a storefront, indicating this might be in a city park.

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Person wearing mask and lanyard with outdoor tent and plastic chairs in background

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Daytime in San Francisco's Civic Center Plaza, with the monolithic Bill Graham Auditorium (a block-long, maybe two-story building with a cement brick face) as the backdrop. A man strides between the trunks of two trees, his long shadow falling behind him on one of them, toward two figures lying on the sidewalk, at the edge of a green lawn.

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Your Biggest Ideas on How to Solve the Housing Crisis

A blue tent has been set up along the wall of a building on a rainy sidewalk on a busy city street. The parking spaces nearest the tent are filled with trash – plastic bags, open takeout containers full of food, a paper cup – and additional trash is piled at the base of a tree next to the tent. In the background, a person in a green jacket walks away down the street.

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Bonus: Your Stories and Solutions for the Housing Crisis

KQED's Housing Desk is supported by a grant from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.