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There is a housing crisis in one of the most prosperous areas in the country. To make it even more shocking is, is it on the door of one of the world’s most valuable companies: Google.

In Mountain View, Calif., the home of Google and the parents on the Alphabet, housing and homelessness is rampant enough that the city is taking action.

Earlier this year, the Mountain View city council voted for a ban on large vehicles, such as recreational vehicles (RVs) from parking overnight on the streets of the city. It is expected that this will be implemented in the coming months.

Rvs parked in a street in front of the Google headquarters in Mountain View, California on May 22, 2019.
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Hundreds of people living in a Camper in Mountain View because of exorbitant rents, according to the City. “The concentration of recreational vehicles is a very visible sign of this problem,” a speaker for the city said at the March 19 meeting.

The median rent in Mountain View is now $4,151 a month, according to a report from Bloomberg. That is almost double what it was in 2010 and almost triple the national average, the report said, citing data from online real estate company Trulia. The median home value is $1.8 million, more than double the $750,000 10 years ago, Bloomberg reported, using data from Zillow.

In the March meeting of the city council, Mountain View residents and vehicle occupants talked about the paradox of life in poverty in a place that is the home of great tech and the mega-rich.

“I don’t want to live in a city where the only people who can afford to be very rich techies and very, very old pensioners like me,” said a resident during the comment session.

“It is no secret that the rent is very expensive here,” said a student who lived in a car at the meeting.

RVs sit parked in a street in front of the Google headquarters on May 22, 2019 in Mountain View, California. If the price of rent continues to skyrocket in the San Francisco Bay Area, a number of the Campers are appeared on the streets in the vicinity of the Google headquarters in Mountain View.
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“Originally I lived in an apartment, but because of the rent increase I was unable to afford that apartment,” said another student who lived in their car.

Civil rights lawyers say that the proposed ban seems to have been designed to push poor residents out of the city, according to a report in the Mountain View Voice. If adopted, Views on the Mountain would be “skirting its responsibility to provide for the most vulnerable citizens,” says the report, with a paraphrase of a comment from a local lawyer.

The most recent count done by the Mountain View police department cited 290 vehicles used for living.

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The city has taken steps to correct the problem, but until now, they don’t seem to be having much impact. “The size of the regional housing market crisis and the complexity of homelessness have resulted in the needle not moving much in the reduction of the inhabited vehicles seen on the Mountain, View on street,’ is a speaker for the city said at the March 19 meeting.

A CAMPER is parked next to the Google headquarters on May 22, 2019 in Mountain View, California.
(Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Campers parked in the long term in the street can also create a pollution problem, such as illegal discharges of raw sewage. Recent Mountain View regulations would be the illegal discharge of domestic sewage in a sidewalk gutter or storm sewer.

Fox News has reached out of the Mountain, Overlooking the City and the Council with a request for comments.

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