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HUD Reports Record-Breaking Worst Case Housing Needs

On August 16, 2013, HUD released its Worst Case Housing Needs 2011: Report to Congress. “Worst case housing needs” are those of very low income renters (below 50% of Area Median Income) who do not receive government housing assistance and who either spend more than half of their income on rent, live in severely inadequate conditions, or who face both of these challenges.

According to the Report, the number of renters with worst case housing needs grew to a record 8.48 million in 2011, from a previous high of 7.10 million in 2009. There has been a 43% increase in worst case housing needs since 2007. The report shows the gap between worst case housing needs and assisted households is the highest ever recorded, with two worst case housing needs households for every one assisted household.

An executive summary of the report was released in February. The full report is available here:

— Posted on 8/27/2013