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California Turns to Homeowners to Help Solve a Crisis

A new state law that allows owners of single-family properties to build guest apartments is showing plenty of promise in easing the housing crunch.

Talk about potential.

Talk about potential.

Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Policies to address California’s housing crisis have to take into account two stubborn facts: Homeowners are much less likely than renters to want to see more housing. And three-quarters of the state’s voters are homeowners.

Part 1: The roots of California’s housing shortage