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Housing Vouchers Work: Providing Stable Housing to Low-Wage Workers

April 12, 2017

This is the next post in our “Housing Vouchers Work” blog series, which provides the latest facts and figures about the Housing Choice Voucher program, the largest rental assistance program to help families with children, working people, seniors, and people with disabilities afford decent, stable housing.

Vouchers help over 760,000...

Large Majority of Working Age, Non-Disabled Voucher Households Work or Likely Subject to Work Requirements

Interactive Graphic: Highlighting the 3 Out of 4 At-Risk Renters Who Don’t Get Rental Assistance

March 6, 2017

Three out of four low-income households who are eligible for federal rental assistance don’t get it due to limited funding — and our new interactive graphic illustrates the large unmet...


Adequate Food, Shelter Lacking for Millions of Americans

November 21, 2016

As we think about what we have to be thankful for this holiday season, we should remember that millions of Americans can’t afford two of the most basic necessities:  adequate food and shelter. 

In Focus: Food Insecurity Fell in 2015 But Remains Above Pre-Recession Levels

Gap Between Rents and Renter Incomes Grew in 2015

November 1, 2016

Rents rose slightly more than the incomes of renter households in 2015, new Census data show, widening the already sizeable gap between incomes and rent and utility costs.  Growing housing costs make...

Renters' Incomes Haven't Kept Pace With Housing Costs

Housing Choice Vouchers Provide Essential Assistance in Every State

July 26, 2016

Housing Choice Vouchers help low-income families afford decent, stable housing and prevent homelessness in every state, as we detail in our updated state fact sheets.  Almost 90 percent of the 2.2 million households using vouchers are elderly, disabled, or families with children (see chart).  ...

88 Percent of Households Using Housing Choice Vouchers in the US Include Children or People Who Are Elderly or Disabled

Rental Assistance to Families with Children Falling as Need Rises

May 24, 2016

With homelessness among families with children receiving more public attention, our...

Rental Assistance to Families with Children Has Not Kept Pace with Need

New Census Data Show Rising Rents, Weak Income Growth

September 18, 2015

Sluggish income growth isn’t keeping pace with rising housing costs, the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) data show.  At $53,657, median household income in 2014 was 7 percent below the 2007 level, after adjusting for inflation, the ACS data issued yesterday show — but the median rent nationally (including utilities) was $934 a month, 4 percent above the inflation-...

Household Incomes Have Not Kept Pace With Rental Costs

Rental Assistance Need Growing in Nearly Every State

May 11, 2015

Severe housing affordability problems have worsened across the country since before the Great Recession, our revised state fact sheets on federal rental assistance show.  Between 2007 and 2013, the number of low-income renters paying more than half of their income for housing rose in every state but Delaware...

In Focus: Severly Cost Burdened Low-Income Renters Rose in Most States Since Before the Recession

A State-by-State Look at Federal Rental Assistance

May 6, 2015

New state fact sheets on federal rental assistance overall and Housing Choice Vouchers give data on the many households they help, the many needy households they don’t reach due to limited funding, and the impact of recent funding cuts, as well as figures on homelessness.  The data cover ten different...

Nearly All Households Using Federal Rental Assistance Include Children or People Who Are Elderly or Disabled