Housing affordability: An American crisis

The lack of affordable housing in the U.S. is putting millions of people at the edge of crisis. Too many Americans are spending more than 50% of their income to keep a roof over their heads, experts say, and the crisis is costing the U.S. economy billions each year. In this special series, Wells Fargo brings together problem solvers to discuss the housing affordability crisis in America — and how to bring about systemic change.


Episode 1: America’s housing affordability problem

What makes housing affordability a looming crisis? Top experts discuss a legacy of the housing bust that is impacting millions of Americans across income levels and the U.S. economy at large. 


Episode 2: Contributing factors

How did this happen? Housing affordability experts discuss “one of the most confounding aspects” of the U.S. economic recovery from the Great Recession.


Episode 3: Turning the tide

How do we fix this? Experts identify actions policymakers, communities, and banks can take now to spark systemic change and solve the housing affordability crisis.


Episode 4: Driving toward solutions

What happens next? Experts suggest local successes, like mixed-income neighborhoods, could prove key ingredients for the systemic change required to fix the housing affordability crisis in America.


Meet the experts

In this special series, Wells Fargo brings together problem solvers to discuss the U.S. housing affordability crisis, its root causes, and potential solutions.