Housing and Homelessness
Nationwide, 76% of renters with incomes below 30% of area median pay more than half of their income toward housing. There is a shortage of 7 million affordable and available rental homes for these extremely low income households. Additionally, one-third of low-income families with children, with incomes below 80% of area median, pay more than half of their income towards rent. Homelessness is increasing across the country, leaving more children homeless. In no state can an individual working full-time, year-round at the minimum wage afford a modest two-bedroom rental unit for his or her family. Since 1995, the nation has lost more than 500,000 federally subsidized housing units; today the U.S. is producing very few new units or rental assistance vouchers to address the still growing housing needs of the lowest income households. Research demonstrates that when people have a safe and affordable place to live, many of the other problems (such as unemployment, health care, mental health, and food assistance) demanding government services are lessened. Helping people pay rent is particularly effective at improving the economy and creating jobs.
For more information on this issue, visit CHN’s Public Policy Priorities, 2013-2014.
For more information on Housing and Homelessness issues, visit the links below.
Introduction to the Section 8 Housing Voucher Program
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Homelessness Page
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Homelessness Page
Homeless Legislation and Policy
Facts About Homelessness
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Center for Economic and Policy Research
Housing Assistance Council
National Alliance to End Homelessness
National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials
National Center on Family Homelessness
National Coalition for the Homeless
National Fair Housing Alliance
National Health Care for the Homeless Council
National Housing Trust
National Housing Trust Fund Campaign
National Low Income Housing Coalition
National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty
- January 10, 2014National Women's Law Center: To Heat or Eat?
Policy Analyses and Research
- December 5, 2013Center for American Progress: No Place Like Home - Addressing Poverty and Homelessness in the United States
- November 21, 2013NDD United: Faces of Austerity: How Budget Cuts have made us Sicker, Poorer and Less Secure