The American Dream Isn't Dead, You Just Can't Afford It

A record number of Americans can't afford their rent. Lawmakers are not doing enough to help.

Luay Rahil
All Things Work

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Photo by Scott Webb on Unsplash

The American Dream is not dead; you can't afford it, and the game is rigged against you.

Let's talk about Donna and Jack.

Donna is a middle-class woman who courageously manages life with three kids while her husband works at a major company. Despite their stable income, soaring housing prices have killed their dreams of homeownership. They currently rent a humble apartment, and rising housing costs are slowly eroding their savings.

Meanwhile, Jack, a young man who works with me, recently proposed to his girlfriend and faces similar struggles. Despite having good jobs, they also can't afford to buy their first home. The high housing prices have turned their dreams into a distant reality, highlighting the growing crisis affecting both established families and young couples.

These stories stir a deep frustration within me because I have always believed that homeownership is a cornerstone of the American Dream. I have always believed that homeownership symbolizes economic stability, personal achievement, and family security. It is the only vehicle through which the working class can build their…

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Luay Rahil
All Things Work

I write engaging content on business and leadership development.