In this Dec. 11, 2015, photo, Katy Howser, a kindergarten teacher in the Santa Clara School District, looks out from the balcony of her apartment at Casa Del Maestro, an apartment complex for teachers, in Santa Clara, Calif. School districts in high cost-of-living areas and rural communities that have long struggled to staff classrooms are considering buying or building rent-subsidized apartments as a way to attract and retain teachers amid concerns of a looming shortage. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Cities look at subsidized housing to stem teacher shortages

Housing costs especially have become a point of friction for teachers in expensive cities such as Seattle, where teachers who went on a one-week strike in September said they could not afford to live in the same city as the children they teach.