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Report: Rental Housing Affordability Crisis Worst for Lowest-Income Families

January 31, 2020

February 10, 2020: We have updated the number of renter households paying more than 30 percent of their income for housing.

Despite a strong economy, the number of renter households paying too much for housing — more than 30 percent of their income, the federal government’s threshold for unaffordability — rose to nearly 21 million in 2018,...

Renters With the Lowest Incomes Are Most Likely to Pay Too Much for Housing

Rents Have Risen More Than Incomes in Nearly Every State Since 2001

December 10, 2019

Growth in median rents has outpaced growth in median renter income since 2001 in nearly every state, as we explain in our updated state rental assistance fact sheets. About 23 million low-income renters pay more than half of their income for housing, partly due to this gap between rental costs and income....

Money House

Census: Income-Rent Gap Grew in 2018

September 27, 2019

The gap between median renter income and median rent widened in 2018, new Census data show, with median rent rising 2.1 percent in inflation-adjusted terms but median renter household income rising just 1.6 percent, to $40,500. Today’s data underscore the continued need for additional federal rental assistance.

The findings...

Renters' Incomes Haven't Caught Up to Housing Costs

Federal Rental Assistance Helps Families, Seniors, People With Disabilities in Every State

May 9, 2019

Nearly 70 percent of people receiving federal rental assistance are children, seniors, or people with disabilities.

Rowhouses from the air

Housing Vouchers Can Do More to Move Families Into High-Opportunity Neighborhoods

January 4, 2019

As the nation’s largest federal rental assistance program, Housing Choice Vouchers have the unique potential to help low-income families move to neighborhoods with low poverty, low crime, and good schools. Yet families using vouchers in most of the 50 largest metropolitan areas live in less...

Street of Houses

Census: Renters’ Incomes Still Lagging Behind Housing Costs

September 13, 2018

Renters’ incomes still lag far behind housing costs, the latest Census data show. In 2017, the typical renter household earned $38,900, the same as 16 years ago after adjusting for inflation. Median housing costs rose 10.7 percent in inflation-adjusted terms over that period. (See graph.)...

Renters' Incomes Haven't Caught Up With Housing Costs

Trump Plan to Raise Minimum Rents Would Put Nearly a Million Children at Risk of Homelessness

April 27, 2018

Update, May 11, 2018: we’ve updated some of the figures in the text and chart.

Under President Trump’s proposal to raise rents by up to $1,800 a year on the poorest households receiving federal rental assistance — virtually all of which have annual incomes of less than $7,000 — roughly 1.7...

87 Percent of People Affected by Trump Minimum Rent Proposal Are in Families with Children

GOP Tax Bill Threatens Housing Assistance, Just as Many Workers Struggle to Pay Rent

December 15, 2017

The pending Republican tax bill threatens to deeply undermine programs that help low-income Americans keep a roof over their heads, just as a new report shows that the number of struggling renters will likely remain high in the coming years. Nearly a third of new jobs in the coming decade will be low-wage jobs, which typically...

Renters' Incomes Haven't Kept Pace With Housing Costs

Federal Rental Assistance Is Critical to All Types of Communities

November 9, 2017

Federal rental assistance plays a vital role in urban, suburban, and rural communities alike, our new analysis shows, helping 10 million people in over 5 million low-...

Federal Rental Assistance Is Proportionally Distributed Based on Need and Location