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The gritty reality of a hot housing market

The majority of renters are housing burdened in New Hanover County, and rental prices continue to surge. But what do those concerning numbers mean for people experiencing this vicious housing market? WHQR's Kelly Kenoyer explores that issue with one person who's been pushed out of the market, alongside a panel of experts who work with the most desperate members of the Cape Fear Community.

On this week’s show, we’re digging into housing in the Cape Fear Region. We’ve touched on it before, but this time we’re taking a more personal touch: we’re looking at the lives of those who get left out when the housing market gets tight.

First, we’ll touch on the economic drivers which have led us to this crisis, and we’ll talk to someone who’s been left out of the housing market for two years.

Then, we’ll hear from community advocates and social workers who’ve watched their clients get squeezed out. The high cost of housing then leaves those vulnerable and mentally ill residents living in the streets.

Finally, we’ll take a tour of a project that serves that demographic: Lakeside Reserve. It’s a permanent supportive housing operation run by Good Shepherd, and they plan to build a similar one on Carolina Beach Road.

Links to WHQR's previous Newsroom episodes focused on housing and urban development:

Kelly Kenoyer is an Oregonian transplant on the East Coast. She attended University of Oregon’s School of Journalism as an undergraduate, and later received a Master’s in Journalism from University of Missouri- Columbia. Contact her on Twitter @Kelly_Kenoyer or by email: KKenoyer@whqr.org.