The problem is clear- the cost of housing has outpaced the cost of rent:
Here is a graph showing the increase in MA over time:
And here is a cool interactive tool that Radio Boston posted and we shared on facebook today: http://www.richblockspoorblocks.com/ The map shows income vs rent in every neighborhood across the country.
After looking at those visuals, our homelessness crisis should not a be surprise. Here are some solutions: housing subsidies (cough, cough MRVP), a living wage for all working families, aggressive low income housing development, and more intentional education and job development in areas with high concentrations of poverty. Easy enough, no?