The housing shortage is real in several communities around the region.
Vacancy rates are low, so rents are high, and it can take a long time for people to find suitable housing. Community leaders are aware of the issue and working to address it.
One approach: build up the middle of the housing market, the multiple-family homes that are not full-blown apartment complexes. Urbanist Daniel Parolek calls this the "missing middle."
We talk housing needs and the economy on a wider scale with Dan Parolek, Guy Tauer of the Oregon Employment Department and Connie Saldaña, an advocate for the homeless for Rogue Valley Council of Governments.