Spiraling Rents in our Region

Spiraling Rents in our Region

Affordable rents in our region are disappearing fast; a recent report notes that today there are half the number of low cost units available a decade ago. We explore what's happening in the rental market, and how it affects all of our neighborhoods.

Affordable rents in the DC region are disappearing fast; a recent report notes that half the number of low cost units available today than there were a decade ago. Rents are soaring as jobs continue to attract more people to our region and an explosion of new residential buildings feeds a mostly high-end market. Some say government needs to step in to ensure housing for everyone. We explore what's happening in the rental market, and how it affects all of our neighborhoods.

Guests

Lydia DePillis

Staff writer, Washington City Paper

Jenny Reed

Policy Analyst, DC Fiscal Policy Institute

Lisa Sturtevant

Director, Office of Housing Policy Research, Center for Regional Analysis; Assistant Research Professor, George Mason University

Matt Losak

Executive Director, The Montgomery County Renters Alliance, Inc.

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