Residents of Edwardsville are struggling with high rental prices

Editor’s note: This is the first in a five-part series from the Intelligencer on affordable housing in Edwardsville. Portions of the series will appear in print issues on December 4, 11, 18, 25 and 2, and can be found online at

EDWARDSVILLE – Affordable housing is a very hot topic in and around Edwardsville and, to a lesser extent, Madison County; Part of the problem is the definition of the term “affordable,” which means different things to different people.

Many people who want to live in Edwardsville are often discouraged by high prices, whether they are renting or buying. In a scenario regularly seen on social media related to Edwardsville, someone will often post an ad for an apartment, townhouse, or house for rent and in the description, lists the price range they need.

More often than not, people chime in with comments centered around price, suggesting the exclusion of almost everything else.

It has not been uncommon this year to see even modest rents listed at $1,500 a month or more, and this can spark outrage and outcries from people considering the subject.

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