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NLIHC’s 2019 GAP Report Shows Continuing National Shortage of Affordable Homes

1 April 2019
National Low Income Housing Coalition

In March 2019, 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, 11 million renter households are extremely low-income, or making 30% or less of area median income (AMI). 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 37 rental units are affordable and available for every 100 extremely low-income renter households. Connecticut’s numbers are comparable to the national average, with 38 affordable and available units per 100 households at or below 30% of AMI.

NLIHC concludes there is a national shortage of 7 million affordable and available homes for extremely low-income renter households.

Click here to read the full report.