NPR Weekend Edition explores the reality of affordable housing (or lack thereof) in rural America, where one of the problems that residents face is housing that requires significant upgrades in order to make them suitable for today's market, "Many homes here were built for a far different time, before mechanization, when you needed big families to work the farms. Most are outdated. The few that are on the market...often need thousands of dollars worth of upgrades. Most people can't — or aren't willing to — pay that." New homes are considered risky for outside developers, and resources are not available to mitigate this sentiment.

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