Their little house in the Hough neighborhood was once perfect for Melissa Boles and Audrey Miller.
It was everything a pair of 20-somethings who had recently finished graduate school could want: space to have friends over, a small yard for Miller’s dog and a rent the two could afford.
“We totally loved it,” Boles, 27, said.
But this summer, that all changed.
In July, their landlord put the home up for sale, telling the roommates they’d have to find somewhere else to live.
“When they told us they were selling the house, it was devastating,” Boles said.
But both soon found they were unable to find a home they could afford, forcing Boles into paying half her monthly income for a one-bedroom apartment, and driving Miller to seek jobs and housing outside of the area.
Clark County’s rental market is in a crisis, and Boles and Miller are among the thousands of residents — both low-income and middle-class — who have been hit hard under the growing weight of housing costs.