48% of those surveyed were on waiting lists for housing assistance;
52% began to receive housing assistance within the previous year;
The Median wait time for those on waiting lists for housing assistance is 2 years; and
Those who have received housing assistance within the past year waited roughly 1 year for that assistance.
The study revealed a few main statistics about this population:
38% of the applicants were living independently prior to applying for housing assistance and 96% of those living independently were renters.
40% of survey respondents indicated they were doubled up living with friends and/or family while on the waiting list.
Applicants who were doubled up tended to be younger and had lower incomes than those who lived independently.
Almost one quarter (23%) of respondents reported homelessness at some point over the past 12 months.
While a smaller percentage of waiting list applicants are rent burdened compared to very low income, unassisted renters, they face a greater variety of housing related problems than those who are low income and unassisted. They tend to be more often in doubled up housing situations.