Three perspectives on today’s housing woes: homelessness, doubling up, and falling home prices.

by Michael Dahl, Public Policy Director on 29 December 2010

Michael Dahl, Public Policy Director

News these days is awash in information and stories about how the housing market (rental and homeownership) is not working for many people.  Today, three stories caught my eye:

Homeless – and going to college (Star-Tribune)

Many homeless students have trouble staying in school, several experts say.   “They are not well rested, and they are stressed out,” said Mary Ann Prado, who works with homeless college students as director of resources and referrals at MCTC. It’s typical for them not to have a place to take a shower and not to have enough clothes, she said.  Many don’t have a quiet place to study, and many are hungry.

‘Doubling Up’ in Recession-Strained Quarters (New York Times)

Census Bureau data released in September showed that the number of multifamily households jumped 11.7 percent from 2008 to 2010, reaching 15.5 million, or 13.2 percent of all households. It is the highest proportion since at least 1968, accounting for 54 million people.

Twin Cities housing prices: It’s still getting worse (Minnesota Public Radio)

It had been a given that housing prices had bottomed out or were close to it, but this is the fifth straight month of falling prices

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Frank L. Henson January 12, 2012 at 6:26 pm

I have been homeless for three years. My only way out was to commit to get a better education, live on campus and hope that when I get a second degree my life will be better and homelessness, a thing in the past. I also hope to live simply so that others can simply live.

Tracey Goodrich January 12, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Thank you so much for sharing your story with us. It is powerful and humbling to hear stories like yours, and I wish you all the best with your education and future.

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