npr reports on the rental affordability crisis in America
The U.S. is in the midst of what Housing Secretary Shaun Donovan calls the “worst rental affordability crisis” ever. Poor families are being hit the hardest: an overwhelming majority spend more than half of their incomes on rent. Others live in substandard housing, or are homeless.
The problem is especially acute in Washington D.C., in a bustling neighborhood just a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol building.
A Tale Of Two Cities
The affordable housing crisis can be seen right outside NPR’s headquarters, in an area called NoMa, which stands for North of Massachusetts Avenue.