Maslow's hierarchy of needs indicates that we all must first meet our basic needs (food, water, rest, safety, security) before we can reach higher level needs related to self and others. And I think most of us would agree that shelter is a basic human right, yet for many Americans their housing situation is tenuous.
Recently I heard a story on the radio (NPR’s Planet Money “Mobile Home Parked”) which described how many mobile home residents own their home, but rent the land on which their mobile home sits. In many places, real estate investment companies are buying these mobile home parks and raising the lot rents, placing long time residents and mobile home owners in precarious situations and in threat of eviction if they can’t pay the new, higher lot rent.
All of this got me thinking about housing in the United States.
Want to take a deeper look into understanding American housing? Here is a list of resources I’ve added to my TBR list to increase my knowledge and gain a fuller picture of the history of and current state of housing in America.