Affordable Housing Need Grows in NJ

No U.S. County Has Sufficient Affordable Housing
New Interactive Map Shows NJ’S Affordable Housing Gap

Affordable Housing Gap Grows in JerseyThe Urban Institute has released a new interactive map as part of its Housing Assistance Matters initiative. The map highlights the gap between the number of extremely low-income (ELI) households and the number of affordable and available rental units, by county, for 2000, 2006, and 2012. The map underscores that there is no county in the United States with a sufficient number of rental units affordable and available to ELI households.

In 2012, county by county in New Jersey, for every 100 extremely low-income renter households (ELI), there are only between 19 and 32 affordable and available rental units. With the least affordable and available rental units, Warren County had 19 units and with the most, Bergen, Essex, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Monmouth, and Somerset each had 32 units.

The interactive map also shows the impact of HUD rental assistance on the number of rental units affordable and available to ELI households. Using data from HUD’s Picture of Subsidized Housing, the researchers estimate the number of HUD-assisted units affordable and available to ELI households for each county. Without HUD rental assistance, the researchers estimate that there would be just one affordable and available rental unit for every 100 ELI households in the United States.

The map uses data from the American Community Survey (ACS) Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS).

Click here for the interactive map on the Urban Institute’s webpage and more county by county statistics for New Jersey.