Fact Sheet: Affordable Housing Shortage

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National Alliance to End Homelessness

Fact Sheets | June 19, 2007

Files: PDF | 112 KB | 2 pages

As incomes fail to keep pace with housing costs, Americans face complicated choices: desperately trying to put food on the table, pay for quality health care, educate their children, and keep a roof over their head. Those that cannot manage that balancing act become homeless or live on the periphery.


This fact sheet provides an overview of the affordable housing shortage in the United States. Specifically, it reaches the following conclusions:

  • Millions of Americans face housing cost burden
  • Cost burden is concentrated among low-income households
  • Incomes fail to keep pace
  • Affordable housing stock is dwindling
  • Housing vouchers are being lost
  • There are long waiting lists for housing subsidies
  • The HUD budget has been trending downward for affordable housing.

Click here to download the full fact sheet.