One often overlooked category of persons in need of affordable housing is young working professionals — as well as those that grew up here and want to stay here.

Jessica Wegrzyn, who grew up in Placer County, holds 4 certificates and works as a caregiver in Loomis. Her husband, Mike, has a master’s degree and works at a financial institution in Roseville. Mike and Jessica are young professionals and, as much as they’d like to live in Placer County, they live in Sacramento where it’s more affordable for them at this time. They continue to pursue looking for a home here but, with a less than 2% vacancy rate for rental housing plus high rents, and with the median house price in Placer County of $426,000, it’s been very difficult.