(Un)affordable

Arizona has a reputation as an affordable place to live. However, rent prices in the Phoenix area are rising about twice as fast as the national average. With around 200 people moving to Maricopa County every day, demand for housing keeps rising. This podcast series takes on the question … has Phoenix become “unaffordable”?

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Episode 1: The Perfect Storm

Chanel Sinclair

Arizona has a reputation for being an affordable place to live, so how did the Phoenix area develop one of the most severe affordable housing shortages in the country? In part one of this five-part podcast, host Katherine Davis-Young introduces us to Chanel Sinclair, a hardworking single mom in the Phoenix area who has found it difficult to afford rent even with a full-time job. Chanel is not alone in her struggles, and some of the challenges that make housing unaffordable for Arizonans like Chanel date back all the way to the founding of Phoenix. 

Episode 2: The Working Poor

Volunteers serving food at St. Vincent de Paul in Phoenix

Affordability is relative. What rent you can afford depends on how much money you make. With low-income programs like Section 8 housing choice vouchers why are so many still struggling?  In part two of this five-part podcast, host Katherine Davis Young explores the widening gap between wages and housing costs in Arizona. 

Episode 3: The Balancing Act

Apartment construction site

The issue of housing is much more than one home for one person. It’s a balancing act amongst those who need places to live, the developers, cities and neighbors. In part three of this five-part podcast, Katherine Davis-Young explains, as demand for housing in Phoenix keeps rising, affordable housing obstacles are getting more complicated.

Episode 4: The Money Problem(s)

Dede Yazzie Devine, CEO of Native American Connections

Phoenix needs more affordable housing so, why not just build it? In part four of this five-part podcast, Katherine Davis-Young explores the massive costs and stymied funding sources for affordable housing. Arizona used to put much more money toward affordable housing. We'll learn where the funding went, and the challenges to getting it back. 
 

Episode 5: Where Do We Go From Here?

Chanel Sinclair

There are many organizations in Arizona working to build affordable housing. However, they can't keep up with the demands of the state's growing population and worsening housing shortage. In the final episode of this podcast, Katherine Davis-Young looks at what's being done and what else the state could do. Plus, we learn how single mom Chanel found a solution to her own affordable housing problem.