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.
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