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The state’s notoriously high housing costs are gobbling up paychecks, leaving many teetering on the brink of financial disaster.

There are around 40,000 homeless veterans in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. More than 11,000 of them live in California.

Chad Bordes is 46 and has an MBA. But between high rents and student loan debt, he's struggling.

California’s $2.75 trillion economy makes it the world’s sixth largest. But that ranking disguises an economic fault-line: The decline of the middle class.

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