NLIHC has updated its Congressional District and State Housing Profiles with Out of Reach 2015 data. The profiles are one-page snapshots of affordable rental housing and affordability in each of the 435 Congressional Districts, the 50 states, and the District of Columbia.
The Congressional District Profiles include the housing wage for Fair Market Rent (FMR) areas in each District. The one-bedroom or two-bedroom housing wage is the wage a full-time worker must earn in order to afford a one-bedroom or two-bedroom FMR apartment, respectively, without spending more than 30% of his or her income on rent. The Congressional District Profiles also include the number of hours a person needs to work at minimum wage in order to afford a FMR two-bedroom apartment.
The Congressional District Profiles include information on housing cost burdens and the shortage of affordable and available rental units by income group, using Comprehensive Housing Affordability Strategy (CHAS) data. CHAS provides custom tabulations of Census data focusing on housing needs and problems. NLIHC will integrate new 2008-2012 CHAS data into the Congressional District Profiles after a revised version of CHAS is released by HUD this fall.
The State Profiles include similar information on the shortage of affordable rental units and cost burdens by income group, as well as the state housing wage for a two-bedroom FMR apartment.
NLIHC’s Congressional District Profiles are found at http://nlihc.org/library/CDP
NLIHC’s State Profiles are located at http://nlihc.org/library/SHP