Housing Picture Getting Better, But Homeless Still at Risk

Very Low Income Worst Case Needs
Lack Federal Housing Assistance

Worst Case Housing 2015The 2015 “Worst Case Housing Needs” report to Congress by the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s Office of Policy and Development Research says that while the number of households with extreme housing needs has decreased since the years 2011—2013, some demographic groups, household types, and regions are still suffering.

The number of renter households with worst-case needs decreased to 7.7 million in 2013 from a record high of 8.5 million in 2011. According to the report, worst-case needs result when an area lacks the proper array of affordable housing.

“Worst case needs” are renters:

  • With very low incomes—below 50% of the Area Median Income (AMI)
  • Who do not receive government housing assistance and
  • Who pay more than one-half of their income for rent, live in severely inadequate conditions, or both.

This report underscores the need for more housing vouchers for NJ. Click here for more information on the campaign to restore the 67,000 vouchers lost to the sequester.

Click here for the full report.