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Office of PD&R: Worst Case Housing Needs 2017 Report To Congress

Published on August 11, 2017

Authors: Nicole Elsasser Watson   Steffen, Barry L.   Martin, Marge   Vandenbroucke, David A.

Release Date: August 2017 (92 pages)

Posted Date: August 9, 2017

This Worst Case Housing Needs report is the sixteenth in a longstanding series providing national data and analysis of the critical problems facing very low-income renting families. Households with worst case needs are defined as very low-income renters who do not receive government housing assistance and who paid more than one-half of their income for rent, lived in severely inadequate conditions, or both. The report draws on data from the 2015 American Housing Survey (AHS), which debuted a major redesign that included a new national and metropolitan area longitudinal sample. We find that benefits of the strengthening national economy are not adequately flowing to renter households at the lowest income levels and severe housing problems are on the rise.

Download Appendix A (in Microsoft Excel format) here.

Courtesy of Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R)

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Secretary Ben Carson