HERE is a story about an adjunct professor in San Jose California who cannot afford housing and is forced to live out of her car. The report talks about similar professionals and persons with jobs who live in high rent areas who have to live in campers or even their cars because of the high cost of housing.
HERE is another article about working professionals (teachers, nurses, chefs) all over California doing the same. They say its the same in Seattle.
I hate to sound rude but what I would like to know is why persons like this professor dont just up and move to a more affordable area? For example, my old college area of Lawrence Kansas (home to the University of Kansas) Kansas has an average rent about $600 of less than half of the $2,000 a month she mentions in San Jose. In all of Kansas City (home to over 5 different colleges) even a 3 bedroom apartment goes for only about $1,200 a month.
Now I understand it may be that she is tenured in California and that might be a factor. Maybe she just likes the atmosphere or the weather in San Jose but is it worth living in your car?
Why do working professionals stay living in high rent areas when they have to live in their car?