“There’s No Place Like Home”: An Analysis of Rental Market Conditions and Coping Mechanisms in the Emerald City
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This mixed-methods study analyzed quantitative and qualitative data on rental market conditions in the Seattle area, their effects on renters, and coping mechanisms used by renters. Data was collected from 111 individuals using an online survey and face-to-face interviews. While the focus of the study was on low-income renters and other marginalized populations, results show that a majority of renters surveyed are struggling to make ends meet, and that rental market conditions are impacting renters’ residential situations, as well as their life choices in other areas, such as education, their career, and decisions to have children. Future research should investigate these relationships further and in more detail, particularly for renters from marginalized populations, and investigate what types of solutions or improvements renters would like to see.
- MA in Policy Studies