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Rental housing market squeezed by pandemic, wildfire in Santa Cruz County

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About 48 UC Santa Cruz graduate students are housed with a university subsidy at Best Western Plus All Suites Inn at 500 Ocean St. in Santa Cruz this fall. (Graycen Wheeler — Santa Cruz Local)

SANTA CRUZ >> Displaced wildfire victims and a return to in-person college classes this fall have contributed to one of the tightest rental markets in years in Santa Cruz County, university administrators and county authorities said this week.

When in-person classes at UC Santa Cruz were suspended because of the coronavirus in 2020, many students chose to leave the county and not rent homes off campus, county housing authorities said. Then the CZU Lightning Complex Fire broke out in August and left 911 households without a place to live. At least some of those displaced by the fire rented homes in Santa Cruz County, county housing authorities said.

Fast forward to this fall, and about 18,600 UCSC undergraduate and graduate students have returned to classes,…

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