The Student Voices Scholarship Program is highlighting another Runner-Up from the recent essay prompt about the housing shortage. Aaron Knapp points to variables like population influx, increased rent costs, decreased median wages and gentrification as considerations when examining the root cause of housing crises in metro areas. He addresses that the problem in reference is truly with regards to “affordable housing,” not housing as a whole. However, with affordability commonly referred to as 30% of total household income, most dwelling options in metro areas force the tenant to decide whether putting themselves in a financial bind is a worthwhile tradeoff.
Published on September 13, 2018