Originally published: The Washington Post  |  July 27, 2016  |  by: Perry Stein

The cost of living in any big city — let alone Washington, D.C. — has jumped so high that many teachers and other local government workers can no longer afford to live in the communities they serve.

Just 44 percent of D.C. Public Schools teachers reside in the District, and teachers at the city’s numerous charter schools tend to earn even lower salaries, making it a challenge for them to find housing in the city or close-in suburbs.

“I’ve had a lot of trouble finding a place that is affordable for me, especially if I want to live without roommates,” said Allison Sandusky, 30, a teacher at D.C. International School, who accepted her current charter school job three years ago and had to decide between shared housing or commuting into the city. Sandusky lives with two roommates in a house near the H Street NE corridor. “I looked at some places in Maryland and Virginia, but they are so far away.”