HUD Finds 7.7 Million Households with Worst-Case Housing Needs

On Feb. 3, HUD released the Executive Summary of Worst Case Housing Needs: 2015 Report to Congress. Worst-case needs are defined as renters with very low incomes—below 50 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI)—who do not receive government housing assistance and who pay more than one-half of their income for rent, live in severely inadequate conditions, or both.

In 1991, Congress directed HUD to periodically report on the worst-case needs for affordable rental housing in the U.S. The 2015 report is the sixteenth such report. HUD’s most recent report found:

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