In the United States, we live in capitalistic society. In this type of supply and demand would determine the cost of any item you would want to purchase or rent.
It has been tried over time to have the government control the rent of rental units in various cities with bad results. Once the government set the rate of a commodity, there is no longer competition.
Since the government dictated the amount of rent a landlord was able to receive even if the apartment was kept in the very top condition or was ran down there was no incentive to maintain the rental units.
If the government would place a maximum a landlord would be able to earn off his investment, you can bet there would not be any more apartments being built.
At that rate, you are contributing to an underground rental cost. Many landlords would charge you the legal rent and charge you an underground rate for the rental unit.
I see no outrage for the cost of food. Let protest the cost of basic food needs that have increased. Should not the grocery stores be required to lower the price of food?
Let us not forget the high price of cars. The car dealer should be required to lower the price of cars.
Don't forget the high cost of gasoline to operate your car, we should have the petroleum companies lower the cost of gasoline. They make enough and are very rich.
We should not forget the high cost of sneakers, $300 or better for a pair of sneakers. Wow that is extremely expensive.
Most apartments are owned what are considered mom and pop ownership. These type owners are not wealthy. The rent they receive after expenses of mortgage, insurance, county taxes and maintenance the net gain is not that great. This might be a supplemental that would e added to their social security, retirement or other retired income they are receiving.
It might be to your benefit to obtain the job skills so you are financially able to afford a decent rental unit.
I hope this has been of some benefit to you, good luck.