HUD Report Concludes that Worst-Case Housing Needs Increasing over Long Term

Friday, June 26, 2020 - 3:30pm

A biennial report from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) says that worst-case housing needs have increased over the long term and that housing developers and property managers are finding it difficult to provide decent rental housing at rates affordable to working families and vulnerable households. The Worst Case Housing Needs 2019 Report to Congress includes data from the 2017 American Housing Survey. Renter households with worst-case housing needs are those with very low income that do not receive government housing assistance and those with severely inadequate conditions. While the number of worst-case households decreased from 2015 to 2017, the 2017 figure remained 54 percent higher than that in 2001. The report emphasizes the importance of HUD’s housing choice voucher program.