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Thousands displaced by Northern California's wildfires now face the region's housing shortage

Thousands displaced by Northern California's wildfires now face the region's housing shortage

Shelly Lanning, her husband and two children are staying with her mother in Ukiah, an hour from where her home burned down the morning of Oct. 9. She’s not sure where she’s going to live next.

Lanning, 46, ran a day-care center and her husband a catering company out of their home in Santa Rosa’s Coffey Park neighborhood. Fire destroyed the entire community, including the apartment building down the street from Lanning’s home, where her 23-year-old son lived. Lanning would like to find a new place that will fit her whole family, including their Labrador retriever mix Jax. But she can’t.

“We’ve been looking everywhere,” Lanning said. “If there’s anything available, they’re...

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