Affordable Housing, Homelessness, Reports and Publications

Waiting Lists Grossly Underestimate Need for Housing Assistance


The Public & Affordable Housing Research Corporation (PAHRC) released a report - Housing Agency Waiting Lists and the Demand for Housing Assistance – which assesses the extent that the need for affordable housing outpaces the supply.

According to the report, in 2012 there were 3.6 million families receiving assistance through the public housing and the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) programs. Over 4 million families were on the wait list for these programs.
Many housing agencies have insufficient resources to meet the demand and close their waiting lists as a result. This leads to very conservative counts of the numbers of families waiting for housing assistance. PAHRC estimates that that if these waiting lists were not closed, results would show there were actually 9.5 million families waiting for HCVs and 2 million families waiting for public housing units.

The overwhelming demand for affordable housing has put a tremendous strain on the resources available to public housing programs. Consequently, there are millions of families who do not have access to an affordable home. These families are at risk of falling deeper into poverty or even becoming homeless. PAHRC argues that these numbers highlight why affordable housing should be a top priority for policy makers across the country.

Click here to read the report.


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