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.
It's not who you think. It's all of US
Women have the greatest need for affordable rental housing because they are generally poorer than men.
Children in unstable housing have frequent school moves, high rates of absenteeism, and low test scores.
While many blame student debt for millennial financial burden, data shows a lack of affordable housing is the key issue.
Almost 40% of senior households are very low-income. Of those, almost half are paying more than 50% of their income for rent.
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.Learn More
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.Learn More
How Inequality impacts housing
While the rental housing crisis affects Americans in every state in the country, it does not affect everyone equallyLearn More
America’s rental crisis impacts everyone
More families are renting homes than ever before with great financial and social costs.Learn More
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.Learn More
Rents are rising fast. Wages are not.
Americans are more likely to rent their homes than at any time in the past 50 years.Learn More
Americans support affordable housing, worry about housing costs
Should we make room in our communities for affordable homes?Learn More
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.Learn More
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.Learn More