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NLIHC Releases 2020 Gap Report

11 March 2020

In March 2020, the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) released its annual report examining the availability of affordable rental housing, entitled The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Homes. The report compares the availability of affordable rental housing to the presence of low-income households at the state, metro, and national level.

Nationally, 10.9 million renter households with extremely low incomes, or making 30% or less of area median income (AMI) account for 25% of all renter households. Further, 71% of extremely low-income renter households are severely cost-burdened, meaning they spend at least 50% of their income on housing costs. NLIHC finds that on the national level, only 36 rental units are affordable and available for every 100 extremely low-income renter households. Connecticut’s numbers are slightly above the national average, with 41 affordable and available units per 100 households with extremely low incomes.

NLIHC concludes there is a shortage of 86,836 affordable and available homes for Connecticut’s extremely low-income renter households.

Click here to read the full report.