Hous­ing sup­ply stag­nant despite grow­ing afford­abil­i­ty con­cerns

(The Cen­ter Square) — Pol­i­cy­mak­ers say they hear the warn­ings about ris­ing prices for rent­ing or buy­ing a home, but lit­tle progress has been made to expand the sup­ply of hous­ing.
A report from Up For Growth, a research group focused on hous­ing short­ages, argues that Penn­syl­va­nia has a 97,000-unit hous­ing deficit — stag­nant from its count last year, when the com­mon­wealth was miss­ing 98,000 units.
Using data from 2012–2021, Up For Growth found that the Philadel­phia metro area was short by 80,000 units, the Allen­town area was short by 14,000 units, and Read­ing and Lan­cast­er each short by more than 5,000 units each.
Medi­an rents in …