The growing housing crisis in America has had a great impact on Richmond, Virginia’s housing market. Since the beginning of the housing collapse in 2008, the wealthier 1% of the nation’s households have seen great success, while the remaining 99% of the nation have seen 1 in 667 housing units become foreclosed since June 2012. This growing gap has only increased as more and more Americans find themselves without employment or earning significantly less than in years past.
These issues have only increased many urban planners’ fears of a worsening housing market in Richmond, Virginia, as opposed to other cities in the state. For example, the 2010 U.S. Census revealed that Virginia has a population of 1.5 million people, with 19 percent of it being African American. Among that percentage, 51 percent of those families rented their homes, while only 27 percent of whites rented as a whole.
The National Low Income Housing Coalition’s report “Out of Reach 2012” further backed up those figures when their study revealed that there is also a huge disparity in housing cost, affordability, and wealth in Virginia. According to the organization, in order for a family of full time workers to afford a two-bedroom apartment in Virginia, he or she would have to work around 100 or more hours per week to afford a quality place. This is high number when you consider that there are 168 hours in a total week.
While the report analyzes all figures relating to the affordability of housing, the study doesn’t consider the cost of finding sustainable housing, its accessibility to schools, or the social network of families that live there. Thus, many urban planners and other experts are now forced to consider the fact that many neighborhoods in Richmond will not be sustainable long-term unless this crisis is resolved.
What do you think? Has the housing market gotten worse?
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