A United Way of Wisconsin study released in 2018 revealed that 38 percent of Wisconsin residents struggle to afford basic living expenses, including housing.

Up North News reports that “Affordable housing combines multiple issues, such as wages, in addition to housing costs, which makes making inroads on the issue “a really tough problem to make progress on.”

The study found that the number of state residents experiencing difficulty paying for housing and other expenses grew 5 percent since 2010. The numbers, the outlet reports, are prompting many community leaders across Wisconsin to think about ways to increase the availability of affordable housing.

Michael Basford, director of the state Interagency Council on Homelessness, sees the need growing beyond the state’s largest cities, he told Up North News. Affordable housing is a statewide issue, he said,

“Everywhere I go when I travel across the state, whether I am in urban or rural areas, people tell me that housing costs are a concern,” Basford said. Concerns are especially felt in places where economic opportunities are limited, he said.

Read more about the concerns for affordable housing in Wisconsin here.

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