Affordable Housing

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People who find it hard to get access to affordable, quality housing also have difficulty meeting their health care needs.

  • More than 50 million U.S. households can’t afford their basic monthly budget for housing, food, transportation, child care, health care and phone bill.
  • From 1987 to 2015, the number of low-income renters grew by 6 million, yet the number of those receiving assistance increased only to 950,000.
  • In 2015, 38% of all renter households were rent burdened.
  • The number of severely cost-burdened renters — those paying more than 30% (up to 50% or more in some markets) of their monthly income on rent and utilities — grew by 42% in 2001-15, to 17% overall.