When will building contractors and rental companies realize ENOUGH IS ENOUGH? As we all know, the housing market in Bozeman is ridiculous and it seems as though there is no end in the near future. As I was talking to a local the other day, born and raised here, he felt like it will be a few years until the market becomes affordable again. He remembers paying 800 a month for his college apartment with two other roommates and they thought that was high! What we wouldn't do to have those prices now!

You may have seen the latest headlines regarding campers and housing. People are having to live in campers, RV's, even tents at campgrounds. Some city organizations are trying their best to work with these residents who are in all reality, "homeless". They do not have an address or a mailbox. They have a license plate or a campground site number. Here is my question, when are we going to be done with this? Yes I was lucky enough to get an apartment, but that doesn't mean I do not see the problems throughout the community.

Photo by Tobias Tullius on Unsplash
Photo by Tobias Tullius on Unsplash

When will someone step up, who doesn't have dollar signs as pupils and cap their rates? Be a leader and say "I am going to start thinking about the community and not the money". Here is the reality of it, they will make money regardless, they will have a waiting list, and they will be a community hero. SO who will it be? Who is going to step up and put a CAP on this rent and get Bozeman back to how it should be? Our residents should not be living on the streets or in a camper or tent, and working full time. They should be able to head to a home after work, not a parking lot.

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