Homelessness: An American Epidemic

 In Miscellaneous, Why is this still a thing Wednesday
A homeless man rakes the dead grass near his tent, which is along a busy street.

Rising rent and lack of affordable housing are just a few factors that contribute to this nationwide epidemic. Photo credit: MPRNEWS.ORG

Recently I came across a story about the homelessness crisis in Los Angeles County.  Despite the local government’s efforts, and millions of dollars spent, the homeless problem continues to get worse. Check out this video from CNN.   Unfortunately this is nothing new and not unique to any particular part of the country.

Local housing crisis looms

Right in our own back yard, affordable housing continues to disappear with the emergence of several upscale apartment complexes and strip malls.  Affordable housing is something we recently talked about and feel it is worth sharing again here.  Recently the West Fargo Pioneer covered this topic and I wanted to share their article here. Despite increases in homelessness nationwide; efforts to add new, affordable housing units are underway. This article from the High Plains Reader gives a snapshot at what is going on locally to address the affordable housing crisis.  Despite this promising development, there is still much to be done.  In Fargo, the Lashkowitz High Rise, which contains 249 apartments, is set to be demolished. The vulnerable population that resides in this building will need to relocate.  If you didn’t catch the story on Inforum I will share it with you again here.

Local resources

If you are looking for affordable housing in the Fargo area Fargohousing.org is a good starting point.  Greatplainsha.com is a resource for affordable housing in Dickey, Sargent, Foster, Logan Wells, and Stutsman Counties in North Dakota.  If you are in the Wahpeton area try Richland County here.  If you are in the Fergus Falls, Minnesota area try the Fergus Falls Housing & Redevelopment Authority.

Supply is driven by demand

Supply is driven by demand, and the demand for affordable housing should be loud and clear.

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