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Short-Term Rental Boom Causes Housing Headache For Yosemite Workers

Over the past month we’ve brought you stories about how online short-term rental sites are changing the communities near Yosemite National Park. The booming vacation rental market is creating a shortage of places for locals to rent for the long-term and in some cases contributing to the area’s homeless problem. And now the growing lack of long-term rentals is causing a hiring issue in Yosemite. It takes an army of people to keep Yosemite National Park’s facilities tidy from the constant barrage of tourists – 4 million people are expected to visit this year, with the majority in the summer months. This spring Ron Borne, with the maintenance division of the park, was on track to hire a full custodial staff. “Of 30 seasonal custodial workers that we had positions, with funds, we were only able to fill 17 of those positions,” say Borne. He couldn’t fill 10 percent of his workforce of about 300 people – custodians, trail crews, maintenance crews – when they chose to not work in the park
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