The poorest renters face a far greater risk than other households of eviction, homelessness, and other hardship. With limited funds, federal rental assistance programs can only help 25 percent of renters in need afford modest housing.
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Unassisted

All eligible renters

Over 16 million renter households eligible for rental assistance do not receive it due to funding limitations. Sixty-three percent of these households have children or are headed by a person who is elderly or has disabilities.

 

Families with children

Nearly 5.3 million unassisted renter households are families with children under 18. Over 86 percent of these families include a working adult but still struggle to keep a roof over their heads.

 

Seniors without children

Some 3.8 million unassisted renter households are seniors. Many live on fixed incomes.

 

Disabled people without children

Nearly 1.1 million unassisted renter households are headed by someone with a physical or mental disability.

 

Other households

Some 5.9 million unassisted renter households are adults without children. Eighty-eight percent are working but still struggle to make ends meet.

 

Assisted

All eligible renters

Federal rental assistance programs help over 5 million low-income households afford modest housing. Nearly 90 percent of these households have children or are headed by seniors or people with disabilities.

 

Families with children

Over 1.7 million low-income families with nearly 3.8 million children receive federal rental assistance.

 

Seniors without children

Federal rental assistance helps over 1.8 million households headed by seniors. Assisted properties often provide services that enable seniors to live independently in their home communities and avoid or delay moving into nursing homes.

 

Disabled people without children

Over 830,000 renter households headed by a person with disabilities who is younger than 62 rely on federal rental assistance. These programs often offer services that enable people with disabilities to live independently in their home communities.

 

Other households

Federal rental assistance helps over 540,000 households without children afford decent, uncrowded housing and avoid homelessness or other kinds of housing instability.

 

Last updated July 2021