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One of the biggest obstacles that many low- and moderate-income Americans face is the struggle to find affordable rental housing. In a Huffington Post article, the President and CEO of the Corporation for Supportive Housing, Deborah De Santis, addresses how widespread the affordable housing issue is and how she thinks all elected officials (from the president down to local officials) must address this crisis.

De Santis points out how affordable housing can help to solve many problems occurring in society including increasing healthcare costs and income inequality:

Housing is not only key to addressing most of the societal problems we see every day it is a powerful platform for sparking opportunity in people’s lives. When our policy makers work to ensure individuals and families have good, decent, safe places to live, they create a fundamental building block that leads to healthier individuals and communities.

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