The recent rise in short-term rentals may be a newer factor in Juneau housing crisis, but old — and aging — challenges are also a significant driver, according to a recent study.

On Wednesday night at the City and Borough of Juneau Finance Committee meeting, the Juneau Economic Development Council presented research findings from its housing stock and short-term rentals study. The study looked at the causes of Juneau’s worsening affordability and availability of housing and found that the greatest impact on Juneau’s housing crisis is the demographic change in Juneau’s population as the biggest driving force causing the Juneau housing shortage.