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    Housing's hidden crisis: Rural Americans struggle to pay rent

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    Housing's hidden crisis: Rural Americans struggle to pay rent

    Housing has been famously unaffordable in expensive cities such as San Francisco for a while. But now in tiny towns and counties across the country, an increasing share of rural residents are struggling to pay their rents and mortgages.

    The housing affordability crisis is spreading to rural communities such as Aroostook County, Maine, and Malheur County, Oregon, where the share of residents who are severely burdened by housing costs has surged since the housing crash of 2006 to 2010, according to the County Health Rankings. Other researchers are also calling attention to the issue, with Pew's Stateline finding that one of four of the country's most rural counties have seen a rise in severely cost-burdened households -- those that spend more than half their income on housing.

    Fifty years ago, the most urgent issue for rural communities was substandard housing, such as whether residents relied on outhouses rather than indoor plumbing, noted Lance George, director of research and information at the Housing Assistance Council, a nonprofit focusing on rural housing. But affordability now ranks as the top housing concern among rural residents, he said.

    "You think it's often just with big cities," he said. "Housing costs are lower in rural areas, but incomes are pretty low too." Housing affordability is a "simple equation," George added. "It's incomes related to housing costs, and incomes in the lower quintile have not increased at all, and maybe even declined."

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    You know, if those people hadn't chosen to live where they can't afford to live, then they wouldn't be having any problems paying their rent - would they?

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    Re: Housing's hidden crisis: Rural Americans struggle to pay rent

    My rural hometown has had rent prices more than tripled in the last few years. Incomes have only increased by 3% and they were pretty low to begin with.
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    Re: Housing's hidden crisis: Rural Americans struggle to pay rent

    Was to be expected. The warning signs have been there for a while but like with the 2006 crisis, most people just ignore the obvious.

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    Re: Housing's hidden crisis: Rural Americans struggle to pay rent

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    Housing's hidden crisis: Rural Americans struggle to pay rent

    Housing has been famously unaffordable in expensive cities such as San Francisco for a while. But now in tiny towns and counties across the country, an increasing share of rural residents are struggling to pay their rents and mortgages.

    The housing affordability crisis is spreading to rural communities such as Aroostook County, Maine, and Malheur County, Oregon, where the share of residents who are severely burdened by housing costs has surged since the housing crash of 2006 to 2010, according to the County Health Rankings. Other researchers are also calling attention to the issue, with Pew's Stateline finding that one of four of the country's most rural counties have seen a rise in severely cost-burdened households -- those that spend more than half their income on housing.

    Fifty years ago, the most urgent issue for rural communities was substandard housing, such as whether residents relied on outhouses rather than indoor plumbing, noted Lance George, director of research and information at the Housing Assistance Council, a nonprofit focusing on rural housing. But affordability now ranks as the top housing concern among rural residents, he said.

    "You think it's often just with big cities," he said. "Housing costs are lower in rural areas, but incomes are pretty low too." Housing affordability is a "simple equation," George added. "It's incomes related to housing costs, and incomes in the lower quintile have not increased at all, and maybe even declined."

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    You know, if those people hadn't chosen to live where they can't afford to live, then they wouldn't be having any problems paying their rent - would they?

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    Re: Housing's hidden crisis: Rural Americans struggle to pay rent

    We need systematic controls on the price of housing.

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    Re: Housing's hidden crisis: Rural Americans struggle to pay rent

    The OP has to be fake news. This is the best economy ever, in the history of the world. Trump's tax cuts ensured that all Americans had lots of money in their pockets to spend on things like rent. Impossible!
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    Re: Housing's hidden crisis: Rural Americans struggle to pay rent

    Quote Originally Posted by TU Curmudgeon View Post
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    Housing's hidden crisis: Rural Americans struggle to pay rent

    Housing has been famously unaffordable in expensive cities such as San Francisco for a while. But now in tiny towns and counties across the country, an increasing share of rural residents are struggling to pay their rents and mortgages.

    The housing affordability crisis is spreading to rural communities such as Aroostook County, Maine, and Malheur County, Oregon, where the share of residents who are severely burdened by housing costs has surged since the housing crash of 2006 to 2010, according to the County Health Rankings. Other researchers are also calling attention to the issue, with Pew's Stateline finding that one of four of the country's most rural counties have seen a rise in severely cost-burdened households -- those that spend more than half their income on housing.

    Fifty years ago, the most urgent issue for rural communities was substandard housing, such as whether residents relied on outhouses rather than indoor plumbing, noted Lance George, director of research and information at the Housing Assistance Council, a nonprofit focusing on rural housing. But affordability now ranks as the top housing concern among rural residents, he said.

    "You think it's often just with big cities," he said. "Housing costs are lower in rural areas, but incomes are pretty low too." Housing affordability is a "simple equation," George added. "It's incomes related to housing costs, and incomes in the lower quintile have not increased at all, and maybe even declined."

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    You know, if those people hadn't chosen to live where they can't afford to live, then they wouldn't be having any problems paying their rent - would they?

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    Re: Housing's hidden crisis: Rural Americans struggle to pay rent

    This exactly what you get when you worship the rich and allow the ridiculous wealth disparity we have now. When you fight against workers rights, when you fight against wage increases, and argue that a CEO is really worth many millions of dollars a year, evne those who failed their company. THis is what happens when all the wealth is in the hands of a few.

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    Re: Housing's hidden crisis: Rural Americans struggle to pay rent

    By the way - in case anyone is wondering, Aroostook County, Maine went for Trump 55% - 38%. Why isn't he up there helping them? Those are his people.
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    Re: Housing's hidden crisis: Rural Americans struggle to pay rent

    Quote Originally Posted by tres borrachos View Post
    By the way - in case anyone is wondering, Aroostook County, Maine went for Trump 55% - 38%. Why isn't he up there helping them? Those are his people.
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