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Household Expenses Consume Larger Share of Low-Income Families' Income

The Hamilton Project

A new report conducted by the Hamilton Project found that low-income households spend more on basic needs than they did 30 years ago. Those at the lowest quintile are spending 40% of their budget on household expenses (i.e., rent, mortgage, utilities, etc.). This is more than a 5% increase from what low-income households were spending in 1984.

These families are cutting back spending in other areas (i.e., clothing, food, and transportation) to compensate for the increased spending on household expenses. Overall, low-income families are spending almost 5 percent less than they did 30 years ago.

To address these changing dynamics, the authors suggest expanding the Housing Choice Voucher program. Currently, only 1 out of 4 eligible families receive assistance.

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