It might be a great advantage for young Portland-area families if businesses that employ a lot of those folks would offer subsidized housing for them. These businesses could have apartments available with a lower-than-market-rate rent and, at the same time, enjoy a long-term investment in the community.

It would not only aid younger people (they wouldn’t have to spend almost half of their earnings on rent) but also help keep Portland’s economy stable and vibrant.

Many young families today are more ecology minded and are not necessarily looking for that big house in the suburbs. Maybe we could look at how it’s been done successfully in many European countries for many years.

A safe, clean place to live should be a fundamental right of every human being – the old and the underprivileged as well as our young families.

Petra Bergmann-Heeschen

South Portland