The Problem Of The Foreclosure Crisis

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According to Desmond, Arleen is not alone in her dilemma. A great many Americans are being evicted in light of the fact that they cannot pay the rent (Desmond, 2016,p 4). Like Arleen, many poor families are spending the majority of their income on rent and utilities. In fact, using estimates from The American Housing Survey (AHS), 1991-2013, Desmond finds that, in America, most poor renting families use over half of their income on housing; and, roughly one quarter spend more than 70% of their income to pay rent and utilities (Desmond, 2016, p 4). Aside from the fact that Arleen’s monthly welfare stipend of $628 has remained stagnate for years, housing costs have soared. Due in part to the foreclosure crisis, and the deluge of millennials into the rental market, the demand for rental stock has risen.(Sisson, 2016). At the same time, escalating building and labor expenses, and declining subsidies, have helped to slow new construction. Thus, demand for rental housing is exceeding supply, resulting in escalating rent prices. Furthermore, the razing of older public housing projects and defunding of government assisted housing has pushed poor families into the private rental market (Sisson, Patrick may 19, 2016). As a result, most poor families in America today live unassisted in the private housing market. In fact, in 2013, 67 percent of poor renter households did not receive federal housing assistance (Desmond, Matthew, 2015). One day, Arleen stopped by the Housing Authority
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