The National Low Income Housing Coalition released last week its annual report, The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Homes, finding the lowest-income renters in the U.S. face a shortage of approximately 7 million affordable and available rental homes. Drawing on multiple data sources, the report documents how the pandemic has exacerbated the housing crisis for the lowest-income renters. The report examines both short- and long-term policy interventions needed to address the immediate housing impacts of the pandemic and the underlying shortage of affordable housing.
Quick view of Massachusetts Data:
305,367: Number of extremely low income renter households
47: Number of affordable and available rental homes per 100 extremely low income renter households
60% of Extremely low income renter households live with severe cost burden
What we can do about it: National Call-In Day April 26!
NLIHC and its partners at the Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding (CHCDF) are hosting a National Call-In Day on April 26 during which advocates can urge Congress to make significant investments in affordable housing in the fiscal year (FY) 2023 budget and in any reconciliation package. Use NLIHC’s National Call-In Day script to help develop your own talking points and urge Congress not to miss two critical opportunities to expand investments in affordable housing this year: during the FY23 appropriations process and in a budget reconciliation bill.