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Housing Picture is Getting Better, But Some Still Suffer

HUD’s Office of Policy and Development Research

The 2015 “Worst Case Housing Needs” report to Congress by HUD’s Office of Policy and Development Research says that while the number of households with extreme housing needs has decreased since 2011—2013, some demographic groups, household types, and regions are still suffering.

The report said the number of renter households with worst-case needs decreased to 7.7 million in 2013 from a record high of 8.5 million in 2011. Worst-case needs result, said the report, when an area lacks the proper array of affordable housing.

“Worst case needs” are renters:

  • With very low incomes—below 50 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI)
  • Who do not receive government housing assistance and
  • Who pay more than one-half of their income for rent, live in severely inadequate conditions, or both.

Click here to read the full report. 


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