Images from The Gap 2019
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 AMI.
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 73% 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.
Who are Extremely Low-Income Renters?
Forty-eight percent of extremely low-income renter households are seniors or people with disabilities and another 39% are in the labor force.
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.
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.