HUD has published it’s latest assessment of the households that have a “Worst Case Housing Need”.
The key findings are:
- 93% (5.48 million) experienced severe rent burden;
- 73% (4.33 million) had extremely low incomes;
- 37% (2.19 million) had at least one child under 18. Nearly half of these were working the equivalent of full-time and earning at least minimum wage. 404,000 of families with children had an adult with a disability;
- 20.5% (1.21 million) were elderly, 10% (602,000) were non-elderly disabled, and 32% (1.9) million were classified as other;
- 2.92 million were non-Hispanic white, 1.35 million were non-Hispanic black, and 1.23 million were Hispanic; and
- More than 40% of the city dwellers lived in higher poverty neighborhoods, while those living in suburbs and nonmetropolitan areas were in low-poverty neighborhoods.
The report is addressed to Congress and is intended to inform how government housing funds are directed.