Images from The Gap 2020
Solving the Gap.
Renters and Rental Units in the U.S.
Chart of renters and rental units in the U.S., matched by income and affordability categories. Renters with extremely low incomes face an absolute shortage of affordable rental homes.
Affordable and Available Rental Homes per 100 Renter Households
Chart showing affordable and available rental homes per 100 renter households at extremely low income, 50% of Area Median Income (AMI), 80% of AMI, and 100% of AMI.
Renter Households and Affordable & Available Rental Homes
Cumulative total of renter households and affordable and available rental homes at increasingly higher levels of income. The gap shrinks, and eventually disappears, higher up the income ladder.
Incremental Change to Surplus (Deficit) of Affordable and Available Rental Homes
Extremely low-income renters account for most of the shortage of affordable and available rental homes.
Housing Cost Burdens by Income
Chart showing cost burdens for renter households of each income group.
Severely Housing Cost-Burdened Renters
Renters with extremely low incomes account for nearly 72% of all severely cost-burdened renters in the U.S.
Affordable and Available Rental Homes
Map showing the number of affordable and available rental homes for every 100 extremely low-income renter households by state. No state has an adequate supply.
Housing Cost Burdens and HUD Assistance
Scatterplot showing association between share of a metro area’s rental stock that is HUD-assisted and share of extremely low-income renter households who are severely housing cost-burdened.
Household Type by Income
Extremely low-income renter households are more likely than all other renter households to be seniors or to have disabilities.
Who are Extremely Low-Income Renters?
Forty-six percent of extremely low-income renter households are seniors or people with disabilities and another 37% are in the labor force.
Racial and Ethnic Composition by Housing Type
Charts that show differences in the racial and ethnic makeup of all households, renter households, and extremely low-income renter households.
Income Distribution of Renters by Race and Ethnicity
American Indian, Black, and Hispanic renters are more likely than white renters to have extremely low incomes.
Forced into Unaffordability
Chart showing the number of extremely low-income renter households who are occupying homes that are only affordable to higher-income groups.