Affordable Housing

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People who face the toughest time finding an affordable place to live also encounter the most difficulty meeting their health care needs. More than 50 million households can’t afford their basic monthly budget for housing, food, transportation, child care, health care and a monthly phone bill. From 1987-2015, the number of very low income renters increased by 6 million as the number of those assisted increased only to 950,000. In 2015, 38 percent of all “renter households” were rent burdened, and the share of renter households that were severely rent burdened—spending 50 percent or more of monthly income on rent—increased by 42 percent between 2001 and 2015, to 17 percent.