According to David Fink, Partnership for Strong Communities’ policy director, roughly 30% of your income should go to rent. With decreasing salaries and increasing housing and rent rates, more people are spending around half of their income on rent, which sets them up for failure and a life lived paycheck to paycheck. Affordable housing is the clear answer to this prism of wealth and income disparity in regards to housing, although not everyone is on board with this solution.
Sandra King notes that “There’s a lot of verbage behind why skeptics want to deny affordable housing.” King’s observation is entirely plausible, as skeptics like Assemblyman Scott Rumana solely note issues revolving around “bonus density” and “environmental damage” as his defense against affordable housing. The system now has many convoluted rules to follow, and people in political power need to create a simple system to follow that will allow municipalities to live in and be funded. As Senator Ray Lesniak puts it, “you can’t have a cookie cutter one style fits all” for a system.
The biggest problem with wealth and income disparity in regards to housing is the growth and impact of social engineering. This system of keeping out low income families from communities greatly affects society and the political system. There has to be an overall housing project that allows for a reasonable mix of housing in communities because there is absolutely no evidence of any negative side effects or consequences from having affordable housing units in neighborhoods or communities. People’s biggest fears of having affordable housing in their communities are never materialized, as they are merely concoctions made up from the aftereffects of social engineering.
By: Maureen Smith