The US housing crisis has been a issue cropping up lately. This isn't exactly new either and has been kicking around for several years now, it's just now things are getting really bad. One thing with this crisis, is it's easy to focus on how this can be a problem for the most vulnerable, low income individuals and be completely unware of how this is in some ways worse for the middle class. Myself, I got to watch as my friends and landlords spend over two years trying to find a house they could afford. They weren't poor enough to get assistance, nor were they wealthy enough to pick whatever they wanted in the Hampton Roads area of VA. Thing is developer don't feel it's profitable to make middle income housing, they want to make luxury housing to increase their profits, with some arguing that is the only way to make profits. There may not be enough low income housing; however, it's not uncommon for developers to have to put aside some, but low income people get prioritized for that housing. Essentially, this is another example of how the rich has fucked us over because they can choose any location to buy a house.
Right now this is probably worst on the West coast, namely in CA. This is likely a result of just more people being there. Still there are cases of people making sizable salaries, well above poverty, that are homeless and it isn't by choice. A host of shit feeds into this. Obviously, economic inequality is a big factor. Rich people buying up property can jack up prices. Even if a good chunk of this is the fact that there just isn't much housing and hardly any vacancies, someone buying up housing as an investment or so they can have a 2nd to whatever number of extra homes past the primary residences or in some cases probably for money laundering purposes, really doesn't help matters. There is also NIMBY assholes fucking things up by pushing for zoning that makes it harder to build stuff. Finally, as mentioned earlier, there is the whole issue of developer feeling it's not a viable business model to build anything that isn't luxury housing.
We're seeing some of the democratic candidates starting to talk about the housing issue. I'll pretty much state that someone is being naïve if they think this can simply be solved by price controls and building more low income housing. It'll help some. That means more housing for low income households and makes it harder for the rental market to price out people that don't want to or can't currently buy a home. Problem is that doesn't solve a number of other issues, if you're middle class, that still means several hours where you're spending tons of time searching for a house or in some places, you're making 50K+ and having a house there is a pipe dream.
Finally, a modern US crisis thread wouldn't be one, if we didn't have to be concerned with how the Trump admin could potentially fuck things up. The Trump admin has zeroed in on this issue and namely has hyper focused on in records to CA. For those just wading into US politics be your foreign or domestic, Trump's motive here has fuck all with being an honest human being. There are a number of things his administration has done that has probably made the housing issue worse. What he is trying to is find a way to stick to CA because he is a petty fucker and if he comes up with anything, it'll only be good enough to let him say "gotcha," and then turn to shit shortly after. This is particularly why the tentative thing approach they are leaning towards it rounding up all the homeless people and warehouse them, which tends to be the average approach for rich assholes like Trump, when they deal with homelessness. Just round up all the vagrants and throw them somewhere out of sight. As a Star Trek fan, I'd be remiss if I didn't point out that there was an episode of Deep Space Nine, Past-Tense
(2 part episode), the cast ends up back in time to the 21st and both Captain Sisko and Doctor Bashir end up in a fence in ghetto that is in San Francisco. Despite being from the 90's, DS9 still has a relevant take on this issue and why we probably don't want the likes of Trump involved.