A country that has seen wages stagnate for a big chunk of the population has also seen real estate prices resume their rise.
The result is predictable: more and more people getting priced out of rental housing.
Several communities are using the term "crisis" to describe the situation, including in Jackson County.
A Community Conversation series takes up the housing issue in its next session, Thursday night (Dec. 10) at 6 PM at the Medford library.
Some of the panel members who will lead the conversation visit the studio with a preview of the issue.