How Stressed Are American Renters?

The number of households spending 30% or more of their income on rental costs have jumped to record-breaking levels.

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It's not who you think. It's all of US

14.6M

Women

Women have the greatest need for affordable rental housing because they are generally poorer than men.

8.6M

Children

Children in unstable housing have frequent school moves, high rates of absenteeism, and low test scores.

7.9M

Millennials

While many blame student debt for millennial financial burden, data shows a lack of affordable housing is the key issue.

3.2M

Seniors

Almost 40% of senior households are very low-income. Of those, almost half are paying more than 50% of their income for rent.

7.75K

Veterans

Veterans reporting housing instability are six times more likely to report suicidal ideation than stably-housed veterans.

Wage growth has been sluggish – at best – for folks at the bottom

More households are spending a big chunk of their pay on rent, forcing them to make deep cuts elsewhere in their household budget, and making it virtually impossible to save for a rainy day, much less college or retirement.

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Public investments can be the key to unlocking affordable homes

We need policy solutions to prevent people from falling through the cracks, giving everyone the opportunity to thrive in our society.

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How Inequality impacts housing

While the rental housing crisis affects Americans in every state in the country, it does not affect everyone equally

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America’s rental crisis impacts everyone

More families are renting homes than ever before with great financial and social costs.

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Some metro areas are doing a better job than others in providing affordable homes

There simply aren’t enough new  homes that are affordable, particularly for seniors and others on fixed incomes or for young people just starting out who may be saddled with student loan debt.

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Rents are rising fast. Wages are not.

Americans are more likely to rent their homes than at any time in the past 50 years.

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Americans support affordable housing, worry about housing costs

Should we make room in our communities for affordable homes?

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Jobs that don’t pay the rent

Nationally, occupations with the most rent-stressed workers include: food service, office and administrative support, building and grounds maintenance, transportation, personal care, construction, cashier, production, education and retail.

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Millions are living paycheck to paycheck

Stagnating wages and Social Security checks that are stretched thin make it harder to keep up with rising rents, leaving too little for food, health care and child care.

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