Teachers face housing displacement in cities where the rent is much too high for them to afford living near their respective schools. For educators, it is incredibly important to be a part of the community they serve outside of the classroom as well – education is “all-consuming.” However, when a teacher’s salary is not enough to cover high housing costs, like in Palto Alto where a one-bedroom apartment can run for $7k, it is difficult to do this when he or she is commuting for two or three hours.
In many cases, teachers find themselves having to choose between giving up time at school to help students after and before hours, or giving up time with their families due to long commutes.
In any case many major US cities, including San Francisco, one of the most expensive cities in the world, are taking measures to accommodate educators through subsidized housing options and affordable housing communities. The Teacher Next Door Program, which offers teachers around $20k toward their first home, will be relaunched in the next few months to help alleviate the issue.
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