NLIHC released today its report The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Homes, which finds a shortage of 7.2 million affordable and available rental homes for extremely low income (ELI) renter households, those with incomes at or below the poverty level or 30% of their area median income. The report calls for increasing investments in affordable housing programs for the lowest income households like the national Housing Trust Fund, Housing Choice Vouchers, and public housing, and for expanding and improving the Low Income Housing Tax Credit so it serves more ELI households.
The study finds there are just 35 affordable and available rental homes for every 100 of the lowest income renter households nationwide. In no state or major metropolitan area is there an adequate supply of affordable rental housing for the lowest income renters. And 71% of the lowest income renters are severely housing cost-burdened, spending more than half of their limited incomes on housing.
NLIHC conducts this research each year to assess the availability of housing affordable to renters at different income levels throughout the country. This year’s report also includes a look at who are the lowest income renters: their demographics, disability and work status, and other characteristics. The vast majority of the lowest income renters are seniors, people with disabilities, or individuals who are working, enrolled in school, or caring for a young child or for someone with a disability. The wages of those who are working are often too low to afford rent without assistance.
NLIHC urges Congress to address the grave shortage of affordable and available rental housing for the lowest income households in America.
To learn more, visit: http://nlihc.org/gap