Affordable Housing Is Hard To Find Throughout The U.S.

April 28, 2017

New research from the Urban Institute has found that affordable housing isn’t just an issue in urban centers. The lack of affordable housing is a problem in rural areas, too.

CityLab reports that on a national level, only 21 units are available per 100 extremely low-income renter households without government assistance.

A map from the Urban Institute shows the gap between the demand and supply of affordable units in each county in the U.S.

The map shows how much more severe the problem is in urban counties. Overall, they have 42 units per every 100 low-income renting household, compared to 62 among rural counties. But in a blog post, the UI researchers note that while housing costs are lower in the countryside, so are incomes. And poverty rates are higher.

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