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Mon Feb 3, 2020, 06:34 PM

Chalk up another asterisk for that "strong economy"... Cost of living, esp. housing, going up

No matter who you are, or where you live, there's a central concern that links consumers all over the country: the ever-rising cost of living. For many consumers, the combined costs of housing, transportation, food, and utilities leave room for little else from take-home pay.

From Boston west to Seattle, and from Chicago to Miami and parts in between, the rising cost of living is particularly challenging in one area: housing. Both homeowners and renters alike today cope as best they can just to have a roof over their families' heads.

Now a new report from Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) finds that the American Dream of homeownership is strained even among households with incomes most would think adequate to own a home. From 2010 to 2018, 3.2 million households with earnings higher than $75,000 represented more than three-quarters of the growth in renters in its report entitled, America's Rental Housing 2020.


Included among the report's key findings:
Rents in 2019 continued their seven-year climb, marking 21 consecutive quarters of increases above 3.0%;
Despite the growth in high-income white renters, renter households overall have become more racially and ethnically diverse since 2004, with minority households accounting for 76 percent of renter household growth through 2018; and
Income inequality among renter households has been growing. The average real income of the top fifth of renters rose more than 40 percent over the past 20 years, while that of the bottom fifth of renters fell by 6 percent;
"Despite the strong economy, the number and share of renters burdened by housing costs rose last year after a couple of years of modest improvement," says Chris Herbert, Managing Director of the Joint Center for Housing Studies. "And while the poorest households are most likely to face this challenge, renters earning decent incomes have driven this recent deterioration in affordability."


http://thetimesweekly.com/news/2020/feb/03/black-americas-housing-crisis/

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