Harvard Report Highlights Gap in Affordable Housing

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 9:45am

The percentage of cost-burdened renters dropped slightly, but there remains a significant gap in affordable housing, according to the State of the Nation’s Housing 2019 report issued by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University. The annual report says that 1.5 million units of housing should be built each year, which is 260,000 units more than were built in 2018. According to the report, 31.5 percent of American households spend more than 30 percent of their income for housing, the standard for being cost-burdened. It was the seventh-straight year that figure declined, but the share of renters who are cost-burned is 47.4 percent. The report highlights that the low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) remains the primary provider of assisted rental affordable housing in the United States, having produced 2.5 million homes since 1987.