Rental Housing Assistance - The Crisis Continues: report [HUD]

Tom Boland (
Fri, 1 May 1998 21:55:31 -0700 (PDT)

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     "Rental Housing Assistance -- The Crisis Continues: The 1997 Report to
     Congress on Worst Case Housing Needs" is now available from the HUD
     USER website at:

     Despite America's booming economy, this report shows a record 5.3
     million households with very low incomes - including growing numbers
     of working poor and suburban as well as urban families - have a
     desperate need for housing assistance because they face a crisis of
     unaffordable rents and substandard living conditions.

     This report lists four major findings:

     * Economic prosperity has failed to ease the affordable housing
     shortage. The number of American households with crisis-level rental
     housing needs grew by nearly 400,000 from 1991 to 1993 to reach 5.3
     million, and held steady through 1995.

     * The supply of low-rent housing has decreased, but Congress has
     rejected requests to give more people housing assistance. The number
     of apartments affordable to families with very low incomes dropped by
     900,000 from 1993 to 1995.

     * There has been a sharp increase in the number of working poor
     families needing housing assistance, with the total jumping by 265,000
     - 24 percent - from 1991 to 1995.

     * The affordable housing shortage, once concentrated principally in
     the cities, is also affecting the suburbs. The number of suburban
     households with critical housing needs jumped by 146,000 from 1991 to
     1995 - a 9 percent increase.

     Copies of "Rental Housing Assistance -- The Crisis Continues: The 1997
     Report to Congress on Worst Case Housing Needs" are also available
     from HUD USER for $5.00.

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