Instead of tearing the homes down, city officials are selling them for $1, as part of the "Urban Homestead Program."
California is entering its third year of drought. That water shortage was a big topic in Governor Jerry Brown’s State of the State Address this week.
“Right now it is imperative that we do everything possible to mitigate the effects of the drought,” he said. “I’ve convened an interagency drought task force and declared a state of emergency. … We need everyone in every part of the state to conserve water.”
He said it’s what California must do to “get through this drought and get ready for the next one.”
Brad Rippey, an agriculture meteorologist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson to discuss how the drought is affecting California and the U.S. as a whole.