Housing remains burden for poorest

Posted: December 24, 2017 at 1 a.m.

Crew members Edgar De La Cruz and Poncho Nava build a housing frame on Dec. 11 at the new Rausch Coleman development in Bentonville. Housing for Northwest Arkansans is overall more affordable than it was a decade ago, but lower-income households specifically are spending a bigger chunk of their paycheck of their housing. Developers point to the costs of labor, land and materials as obstacles to building housing that’s affordable for this group, but some are overcoming those obstacles in different ways.

The cost of housing is a growing burden for tens of thousands of lower-income families in Northwest Arkansas cities, leaving many of them stuck with high bills, shoddy housing, even homelessness.

Robin Brooks describes Friday the new furnace in her house made possible by Fayetteville’s Community Development Program. Brooks receives Social Secur...

The new furnace Friday in the house of Robin Brooks made possible by Fayetteville’s Community Development Program.

Sold signs are displayed in front of unfinished homes on Dec. 11 at the new Rausch Coleman development in Bentonville. Housing for Northwest Arkansans...

Expanding homes

Paying for housing

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