Data from the National Low Income Housing Coalition helped a New Jersey organization show that two-income households struggling to stay stable is the new norm even in affluent communities. A survey of low income North New Jersey households found that housing was among the greatest needs of those families. Not surprisingly, full-time, minimum wage work won’t pay the rent in this part of the country.
The Wall Street Journal uses data to paint a compelling picture of the change in how housing assistance is provided in the United States. Even as an average of 10,000 assisted rental units are lost each year, HUD has shifted from providing new public and project-based housing to providing more vouchers. Even then, the number of vouchers issued each year has leveled off, and only a quarter of those in need of housing assistance receive it. It’s no wonder finding affordable housing is such a challenge for low income working people.