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Why is it so expensive to live in California? And what can the state do about it? Every other week, Los Angeles Times housing reporter Liam Dillon and CALmatters' data reporter Matt Levin chat about the latest developments in California housing policy and interview a key housing newsmaker. Listen to this podcast and we promise your rent will drop in half instantly. You can also subscribe to us on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify and anywhere else you get your pods.

Gimme Shelter is supported by The James Irvine Foundation, committed to a California where all low-income workers have the power to advance economically.

Gimme Shelter: The California Housing Crisis Podcast Matt Levin and Liam Dillon

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    • 4.7, 174 Ratings

Why is it so expensive to live in California? And what can the state do about it? Every other week, Los Angeles Times housing reporter Liam Dillon and CALmatters' data reporter Matt Levin chat about the latest developments in California housing policy and interview a key housing newsmaker. Listen to this podcast and we promise your rent will drop in half instantly. You can also subscribe to us on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify and anywhere else you get your pods.

Gimme Shelter is supported by The James Irvine Foundation, committed to a California where all low-income workers have the power to advance economically.

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
174 Ratings

174 Ratings

Unicornonthecobb ,

Fascinating CA housing deep dive

As a curious citizen I had heard of the "housing crisis" but didn’t know anything about it. Thanks to this podcast I learned CA is underhoused by 3.5 million homes! AND it only produces like 75k homes per year but needs like 175k per year to keep up with demand. AND I learned that most of the demand was internal, younger californians becoming adults, people staying alive longer, etc. The demand "problem" is not a mad rush of outsiders coming into CA. This is an insane problem that seems completely unsolvable, which makes this podcast such a fascinating exploration. They bring on all the key players and discuss the nitty gritty. BUT, they clearly attempt to keep it light enough to keep novices like me engaged and able to follow (they do go into the weeds sometimes when discussing some of the issues including going into detail on the state bills that are trying to make a difference). I really like the hosts Matt and Liam. Fun young guys who are clearly super plugged into the situation and well repected by the players. I say fun because they use a lot of humor and have some talk show gimmicktry which I find endearing. From what I can gather so far, NFW this problem is going to get solved or even dented. CA built an even larger deficit during an absolutely golden upward economic cycle which is due to end sooner rather than later. What I'd like to hear them discuss more (and I think the politicians that want to sway the public should talk more about) is what this sh*t show will look like in 10-20 years should deficits continue and we're 5-6 million homes short. Do a show about why single family homeowners should care. What would the "scare tactics" look like to wake up those voters (I learned on the podcast that single family folks are 2/3 of the electorate and removing single family zoning is a key to the solution by "not in my back yard" NIMBYism is ruling the day). To me the solution relies a lot on educating the folks like me to the problem which will take years. What is the housing problem. Why should I care? What's in it for me? That's my two cents (up from zero before finding this podcast!). Thanks Matt and Liam. Love the show!!!

Dan Tenenbaum ,

I never miss an episode!

As the Chair of the California Apartment Association Los Angeles Advisory Board, the Gimme Shelter podcast is my main source of information of our state’s housing issues. I especially enjoy the play-by-play description of how housing legislation changes as it makes its way from committees to the legislature. While the issues are serious, some may say the most serious issue for California, Matt Levin and Liam Dillon add a levity to their podcast that makes their shows entertaining. I never miss a podcast!

Chris P, LA ,

Must listen podcast on CA housing!

Have learned so much about the CA legislative process through this podcast. This is a great show and I hope it continues because certainly the housing crisis will.

Would love to see more guests talking about density-oriented solutions that are percolating at the local level.

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