Build more rental housing.
Developers who see a new market for new rental housing are not waiting
for government to plan for them...eventually more units will reduce
rents across the board according to the laws of supply and demand.
Unfreeze the homebuying market.
Right now there is still an overhang of "underwater" houses and a lack
of buyers who can meet new standards for getting a mortgage. Unwinding
this imbalance must continue.
Increase household incomes. Steps like raising the minimum wage will help households cope with shelter cost increases.
RHINO "Coping" poll results
8 RHINO members responded
to our poll on coping with rent increases (some had more than one
found a new or
additional job or more work hours
stopped saving for
increased credit card
cut back on medicine
or health care
cut back on food,
eating out, lower cost choices
moved to a cheaper
transportation costs to work, shopping, day care or relatives
"Plan your work, and
work your plan", by committing to a good budget. Look for a second job advocate for rent
control Simple. We need
affordable housing in the "safer" areas in Richland County.
Perhaps in outlying townships such as Mifflin, Madison, and