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With Cost of Living Rising Fast, Experts Seek Solutions

Live discussion on the cost of living: Everyone in San Francisco knows the cost of living has skyrocketed. What they might not realize is that consumer prices — led by escalating housing costs — are leaving many low- and middle-income families struggling to stay in the city while remaining above the poverty level.

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A Tale of Two Markets

Mid-Market stores are worlds apart, a sign of rapid change.

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High Housing Prices Undercut Aid Programs

In 1999, during the last tech startup boom, about one-third of San Francisco households were putting more than half their pay toward rent or a mortgage. That’s nothing compared with now.

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How San Francisco Plans to Shield Residents From Runaway Prices

We list some examples of how the city has tried to soften the blow of rising prices, and policies that advocates for low-income people say San Francisco could adopt.

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You’re Not Crazy: Data Show Housing Saps Our Checkbooks

In the Bay Area, spending on housing has grown at twice the national rate. This graphic explains what’s grown how fast in the last four years.

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San Francisco to Expand Health Insurance Support

San Francisco is offering a new, subsidized plan and expanding Healthy San Francisco for city residents who need — but cannot afford — health insurance.

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State Subsidies Lag Behind Local Child-Care Costs

The income cutoff to qualify for subsidies is based on the 2005 state median income, while the average cost of putting a San Francisco preschooler in care full time has almost doubled since then.

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Well-Off Foodies, Bargain-Hunters, Cruise Different Aisles

Two different stores that target two distinct populations with different priorities: One serves the area’s longtime Latino residents; the other caters to those who can afford premium prices for freshness and the cachet of buying from local vendors.

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In the Heart of Tech, a Persistent Digital Divide

Internet access is increasingly taken for granted — for finding a job, attending all levels of school, managing a business, entertainment and communication. But 100,000 San Francisco residents cannot afford a home connection.

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Hidden Costs of Affordable S.F. Public Transit

Lacking transportation options or flexibility to reach jobs, shopping and other necessities, lower-income riders often trade comfort, promptness and even safety for affordability.

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