“We can’t fix poverty in America without fixing housing.”
– Matthew Desmond, Author of Evicted.
Those of us in the housing community know that a lack of affordable housing can interfere with success in all aspects of one’s life. A home is considered affordable if 30 percent or less of a family’s income goes towards rent, yet nearly half of all renters spent at least 40 percent of their income on housing in 2014. Low-income renters that spend more than 50 percent of their rent on housing are at increased risk of becoming homeless. The number of households spending more than 50 percent of their income on rent is expected to rise at least 11 percent from 11.8 million to 13.1 million by 2025. Despite the growing need for and proven benefits of affordable housing, our nation is losing an average of 10,000 public housing units each year because of chronic underfunding that has caused units to fall into disrepair as health and safety improvements are delayed.
The Council of Large Public Housing Authorities is pleased to present its Transition Priorities for a New Administration. On behalf of the public housing authorities that we represent, we look forward to working with HUD and the new administration in our continued efforts to foster creativity and produce better outcomes for families and communities.
To view or download a PDF of Transition Priorities for a New Administration, please click here.