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How Cities Address the Housing Crisis, and Why It’s Not Enough

Local officials from across the U.S. are gathering to discuss ways to address the affordable housing crisis but, they say the federal government must do more.
Millions of people are evicted in the United States each year. Here, people in San Francisco's Mission District posted flyers decrying evictions in 2014.
Millions of people are evicted in the United States each year. Here, people in San Francisco's Mission District posted flyers decrying evictions in 2014.Robert Galbraith/Reuters

It’s a simple idea: Everyone should have a place to live. But we are failing badly at this most basic of goals, in every part of the country.

In Brooklyn and Minneapolis, where we are city council members, skyrocketing prices push families out of the neighborhoods where they’ve lived for years. It’s impossible for young people to find a place to rent, much less own. Homelessness is at record levels, and in cities like Detroit, as many as one in five renters face eviction, part of a nationwide eviction epidemic.