The National Low Income Housing Coalition just released its annual report, The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Homes, which finds a shortage of nearly seven million affordable and available rental homes for extremely low-income renters. Even before the COVID-19 public health and economic crisis began, low-income households struggled to find decent, affordable homes.
The report also provides Massachusetts‘ numbers:
298,370: Number of extremely low income renter households: 298,370
48: Number of affordable and available rental homes per 100 extremely low income renter households:
60%: Extremely low income renter households with severe cost burden: 60%
Western Massachusetts is no exception, as reflected in the recent release of the Greater Springfield Area Housing Study, the first report of a multi-phase project studying Pioneer Valley housing issues produced by the UMass Donahue Institute, Way Finders, the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, and the Metropolitan Springfield Housing Study Advisory Committee
On a national level, the NLHIC report calls for policies that would ensure everyone has access to affordable, stable housing: expansion of rental assistance to all eligible households; significant and sustained investments in the national Housing Trust Fund, public housing, and the preservation of the existing affordable housing stock; a permanent National Housing Stabilization Fund to prevent evictions and homelessness; and robust protections to keep renters stably housed.