The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently released its biannual report to Congress on the housing needs of low income Americans.
It shows an increased number of very low-income households have severe housing difficulties, particularly housing costs that far exceed what they can afford.
The findings of the 66-page “Worst-Case Housing Needs 2009: Report To Congress,” released last month, reveal that in 2009 there were 7.1 million worst-case needs households in the country, up significantly from 5.9million two years prior.
HUD defines these worst case needs households as very low-income renters who do not receive government housing assistance and who either paid more than one-half of their income for rent, lived in severely inadequate conditions, or both.
“This report makes clear that worst case needs cut across all regions of the country; all racial and ethnic groups; boundaries of all cities, suburbs, and rural areas; and all household types,” said a HUD assistant secretary.
By race, Hispanic very low-income renters had the highest incidence of worst-case needs in 2009, with 45.3 percent. White renters had the next highest incidence, with 42.7 percent, followed by Black renters, with 36.5 percent, according to the report.
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