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Urban Institute Reports Growing Affordable Housing Crisis

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The Urban Institute recently released a map and report illustrating the national affordable housing crisis, and underscoring the need for adequate, affordable, and available rental units. 

The map shows, by county, the number of Extremely Low Income (ELI) households, or those with household incomes at or below 30% of the area median income (AMI), and the number of adequate, affordable, and available units. In Connecticut, Windham County comes closest to meeting the need of ELI renter households with 56 units available for every 100 ELI renter households. Tolland County is the furthest away with 36 units for every 100 ELI renter households. This data includes assistance from both the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), as well as rental assistance from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The main findings from the report were:

  • Demand continues to outpace supply – nationwide, only 46 units are available for every 100 ELI renters; 

  • There is a growing reliance on federally funded programs including the Housing Choice Voucher Program, Multifamily Section 8, USDA rental assistance programs, and public housing; 

  • The biggest deficiencies are located in urban areas, where there are only 42 units for every 100 ELI renters, as compared to rural counties, with 69 units for every 100 ELI renters; 

  • In nonmetropolitan areas, federal rental assistance is essential – where approximately 150,000 ELI renters rely on USDA assistance.

The findings in this report are based on data from the 2000 Census as well as the five-year American Community Surveys 2005-2009 and 2010-2014.

View the map here.  

Read the full report here


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