Rent Burden, Housing Subsidies and the Well-Being of Children and Youth

Source: Yumiko Aratani, Michelle Chau, Vanessa R. Wight, Sophia Addy, National Center for Children in Poverty, November 2011

From the summary:
Rent burden is defined as spending more than 30 percent of household income on rent…Nearly 80 percent of low-income households with children spend more than 30 percent of their income on rent….In the United States, 57 percent of children in renter-occupied households -14.1 million – are affected by rent burden. Across the four main U.S. regions (Northeast, Midwest, South and West), rates of rent burden among children in renter-occupied households do not vary greatly. However, children in urban areas experience higher rates (59 percent) of rent burden compared to those in rural areas (49 percent). Research by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development suggests that variation in rates of rent burden by region and urban/rural status may be influenced by geographic variation in the supply of affordable housing.

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