Lack of affordable housing a countywide issue


There is little disagreement that Lancaster County has a shortage of affordable housing.

It’s more difficult to define what constitutes affordable housing. Is it the cost of rent? The cost of a home and the monthly mortgage payment? Or is it more complicated than that?

Matthew Sternberg, executive director of the Lancaster County Housing and Redevelopment Authorities, says it is commonly recommended that the cost of housing not exceed 30 percent of income in a lower-income household. If housing costs exceed that 30 percent figure, it is likely that households will have difficulty affording vital expenses, such as food, utilities and transportation.

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