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Incomes are going up faster than rent. So why is housing still unaffordable?

Renters in the U.S. are spending more of their income on housing than ever before, a new Harvard study shows. What's going on and how can we fix the crisis? Chris Herbert, managing director of Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies, the group behind the study, and Lizzi Wyant, deputy executive director for Metropolitan Area Planning Council joined Tori Bedford to discuss.


The Supreme Court could soon boost the bipartisan effort to criminalize homelessness

As unsheltered homelessness has boomed, the number of cost-burdened renter households has hit a record high, amounting to 22.4 million in 2022, according to a new report on U.S. rental housing from Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies. Fifty percent of all renter households were also cost-burdened in 2022, a value up 3.2 percent from 2019 and 9 percent from 2001.

CBS News

Millennials struggling to afford homes in cities

Researchers have found millennials are having a hard time paying for city housing markets. Dr. Riordan Frost, senior research analyst at the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies, joined CBS News to discuss why the generation is getting priced out.

The New Republic

America’s Rent Crisis Is Getting Worse

You’re considered to be “cost-burdened” if you pay more than 30 percent of your income in rent and utilities, and a new study from Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies found that in 2022—the most recent year for which data is available—the cost-burdened constituted half of all renters nationwide. Half of all renters couldn’t afford what they paid in rent.

The Washington Post

Rent has never been less affordable, especially for the middle class

Half of American renters spend more than 30 percent of their income on housing costs — a key benchmark for affordability — with the financial strain rising the fastest for middle-class tenants. That’s according to a new report from the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies, which found that the number of such renters, considered to be “cost-burdened,” hit a record 22.4 million in 2022 — up 2 million from just three years before.