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The United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. Article 25 specifies that, “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services.” Article 19

It is not new news that the housing market in Ashland is tight, with a reported one or two percent vacancy rates. And, as first-time renters without rental history and often without full-time jobs, students and young residents are often shunned by landlords. But, starting in September, students will receive

By Phil Busse, with reporting by Ryan Degan Although everyone gathered at last week’s city council hearing in Medford seemed to agree that there is an increasing number of—and immediate need to do something, anything for—homeless men and women in the area, there was not a shared idea about a

Unable to Find Rental Vacancies, SOU Students are Exiting Ashland En Masse The article “Seller’s Market,” in the 7/23 issue of The Rogue Valley Messenger looked into the staggering shortage of rental homes in Southern Oregon, where the vacancy rate is currently around 1.5 percent, the tightest market in decades.

In December of last year, financial blog Nerd Wallet published a report on the 10 best cities for renters in Oregon. Topping the list was Ashland. Number 5 was Medford. The perennially oblivious analysts at Nerd Wallet ranked Ashland so highly because it’s cheaper to rent there than to buy.