Giving Compass' Take:

• Pacific Standard reports on how higher rent prices and the housing crisis should be a worry for all, not just those who aren't able to afford it, because it's interfering with the labor market and maybe even economic growth.

• How can donors engage with communities and their already existing programs to fight the housing crisis? 

• Learn about taking on America's housing affordability crisis. 


A mismatch between the numbers of jobs and the number of job seekers in a neighborhood doesn't only hurt workers. It hinders the labor market too.

In recent years, the rising cost of housing in many desirable urban areas has emerged as a potent and controversial political issue. The issue was at the forefront of some of 2018's highest profile state- and city-level electoral races, and it's expected to feature prominently in the 2020 presidential contest. The impetus for all this attention is simple: Between 1960 and 2016, inflation-adjusted rents increased by 61 percent, and home values by 112 percent, according to Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies. During that same period, median renter incomes increased by only 5 percent, while homeowner incomes increased by only 50 percent.

Read the full article about rent prices causing economic suffering by Dwyer Gunn at Pacific Standard