Affordable Housing Statistics


  • There is an affordable housing crisis. Communities across the country are facing low-income housing shortages – there is not a single county in the United States that can fill 100% of its low-income population’s need for safe, affordable housing.
  • 46 million people live in poverty in the United States. This number has increased 38% over the last 13 years – the highest rate in almost 60 years.
  • More than 11 million Americans now pay more than half their salaries for their monthly income for rent. This rate has increased more than 30% over the last five years, which is also a record high.
  • One in four housing markets not affordable by historic standards; new 2016 data from ATTOM Data Solutions shows 24% of US counties are now less affordable now than last year at 19%.
  • 15 million children (or 21% of all children) live in families with incomes below the federal poverty level.
  • Poor housing and poor health are tied together, especially with children. When homeless or low-income families have to comprise on housing, their health declines including worsening asthma and allergies tied to poor housing conditions; pests; molds and chronic dampness; lead exposure and increased accidents/injuries from exposed wiring and other needed repairs.
  • Millions of Americans are struggling to afford a place to live. In order to afford a modest, two-bedroom apartment in the U.S., renters need to earn a wage of $20.30 per hour. In six states and the District of Columbia they need to earn more than $25 per hour.
  • US minimum wage is $7.25/hour. A renter would need to work 90 hours per week to afford a one-bedroom rental home at the Fair Market Rent and 112 hours per week to afford a two-bedroom.
  • On average, there are only 28 adequate and affordable housing options for every 100 extremely low-income households.
  • 30% of chronically homeless people have serious mental health issues.
  • 50,000 veterans are homeless in the United States and 1.4 million are considered at risk of homelessness due to poverty, lack of support systems and poor living conditions.

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